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Organ transplantation

This is with reference to the article “New lives out of deaths” (Oct. 25). What is of concern is that cases of deaths due to organ failure have been increasing. The Tamil Nadu government deserves to be lauded for its efforts in the field of organ transplantation and this must be an eye-opener for other States to attempt similar initiatives in providing proper facilities for cadaver transplantation and curbing illegal organ trade.

Prathyusha Sistu,

Hyderabad

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The success of organ transplantation in Tamil Nadu is due to the awareness among people and the kin of the deceased who take decisions to donate organs. Thanks to the Tamil Nadu government for making some transplant surgeries free of cost.

S. Dilip Kumar,

New Delhi

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The main hindrance to organ transplantation is a lack of awareness. There are many who are interested in donation and there should be more publicity on how one is to go about this. Thanks to The Hindu for shedding more light on the issue.

Navin Kumar G.P.,

Thiruvallur

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It must be appreciated that more and more people are coming forward to donate their organs to the needy. But this needs more publicity and the procedures need to be further simplified.

Let me narrate an example. I came across a retired police officer requesting the principal of a medical college that, after he passes away, his body be sent to the institution with the expense borne by the institution. Much to my surprise, the principal insisted that the expense be borne by the officer's family. A simple issue like this should not have been allowed to discourage a person from donating his body.

A.G. Rajmohan,

Anantapur

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