The practice of observing September 23 as Organ Donation Day began in Tamil Nadu after the tragic death of 15-year-old AP Hitendran in 2008.
The fraudsters received up to `5 crore for kidney and lung donations, said the police. The police said the gang were involved in other frauds as well.
Unsure about sustaining the same pace of donations throughout the year, Dr Shetty has suggested organising year-long campaigns to ensure that the message is running in the minds of people.
However, now police verification will be done first, following which an NOC will be given so the hospital management can start the medical procedures.
The collection of corneas at LVPEI occurs through voluntary contributions from families of the deceased, partner centres, and the Hospital-based Cornea Retrieval Program.
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Naveen also paid tributes to late Suraj Behera on whose name the award has been instituted and said the sacrifice made by his parents encouraged organ donation in the state.
Allegations surrounding organ donations have caused a significant drop in the number of donations from deceased donors.
Sruthi, who came back to normal life after the surgery, is now working as a beautician.
Determined to make a difference, Fr. George obtained the necessary permissions from the Thalassery Diocese and approached Jojomon's family to extend the lifeline.
The woman health worker argued that medical guidelines do not allow transgender persons, who are often on hormonal treatment, to donate blood.
Apart from his philanthropic endeavours, Anna Reddy also works as a representative for the Rekurthi Charitable Lions Eye Hospital.
Doctors said the move is aimed to celebrate the spirit of selflessness which saves the lives of many people who would otherwise die from end-stage organ failure.
The Jeevandan programme, initiated in 2013, has witnessed 1,288 brain death donations to date, resulting in the collection and transplantation of 4829 organs to those in need.
AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will soon start a cadaveric organ transplantation programme and promote organ donation.
As many hesitate to donate due to superstitious beliefs, Rao called upon religious leaders to create awareness about organ donation and motivate people to do the same.
According to officials, the state was ranked number one for six consecutive years from 2015-2020.
During the investigation, the Bhavanipuram police learnt that Kata Karthik played a crucial role in applying fake Family Member Certificates and No Objection Certificates on behalf of donors.
The teachers said they were employed by NGOs--Aadhava Trust in Arumuganeri and Neem Foundation in Thoothukudi--at government and government-aided schools in the district.