Kidney donation gains momentum

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on January 21, 2011

The Chairman and Managing Director of the Rs 500-crore V-Guard Group, Mr Kochouseph Chittilapilly, has set the trend in organ donation by offering one of his kidneys as part of a campaign set in motion by the recently-formed Kidney Federation of India (KFI).

Set up by Fr Davis Chirammel, the Thrissur-based KFI aims at freeing the society from the evils of the kidney mafia, thriving in various parts of the country. Fr Chirammel had already announced donation of his kidney at the time of setting up KFI.

As kidney transplant is the only effective remedy for renal failures, availability of matching kidneys is more important than the expense factor, Fr Chirammel said at a press conference here, at which Mr Chittilapilli made his announcement on kidney donation.

Creating awareness

The Federation is actively involved in creating public awareness about kidney problems, helping patients in the economically weaker sections with monetary assistance for dialysis, and extending help in kidney transplant surgeries.

Many good Samaritans from all walks of life are coming forward to donate kidneys to the bank, Fr Chirammel said. For benefit of all kidney patients, especially the economically underprivileged, KFI is planning to set up ‘Kidney Medical Centres' across the State. The first Kidney Medical Centre is being built in Thrissur and the initial formalities and procedures to set up the centre are in full swing now.

Published on January 21, 2011

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