In India, a large number of people die due to road traffic accidents. However, only a small number of people that die due to these circumstances are able to donate their organs. As organs need to be transplanted as soon as possible following the donor’s death, they can only be donated by someone who has died in the hospital. Usually, organs come from people who are certified as dead while on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit, which can be as a result of a hemorrhage, major accident like a car crash or stroke.
There is a major lack of awareness about organ donation in India, and recent polls and surveys reveal that people would come forth with their wish to donate if they had received more information.
A major reason for the shortage of organs is that many people have not recorded their wish about organ donation or discussed it with their families.
Myths and misconceptions about organ donation discourage potential donors from making the decision to donate organs or tissue after death.