Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) organized a function to launch a docudrama on deceased organ donation based on the real life story of Mr. Naveed Anwer who met a road accident in 1998 and became Pakistan's first deceased organ donor.
Prof. Adib Rizvi Director SIUT, said that the aim of the short film on Mr. Naveed Anwer was to create awareness in the society about deceased organ donation. Prof Rizvi highlighted the magnitude of end stage organ failure in Pakistan where each year around 150,000 people die of end stage failure of kidneys, liver, heart, lungs and other organs. These precious lives can be saved if deceased organ donation is fully established in Pakistan similar to other Muslim countries where hundreds of transplantation is performed using organs from deceased donors.
Dr. Rizvi emphasized and appealed, that it is the collective responsibility of the society to publicize and bring awareness about deceased organ donation. He said this docudrama is to honour Naveed and for all others who followed his footstep. They and their family are heroes of our society who by their noble donation have helped save lives of others.
On this occasion, Naveed's sister Ms. Shazia, expressed her feelings that the docudrama goes through the very emotional decision making process by the family to donate organs. It also highlights the steps leadings diagnosis of brain death and the willingness of the family for organ donation to save others' lives. Mr. Hameed Haroon, President All Pakistan Newspapers Society highlighted the importance of deceased organ donation. He said that we should take this cause as a social responsibility while creating awareness in this respect will be a great help for those suffering from organ failure.
The function was attended by a large number of people from all walks of life including members of press, media, corporate sectors and those who have pledged for the donation of their organs.