Amrita Hospital Kochi felicitated organ donation champion Mr. Pramod Mahajan on January 07, 2019 through a flag-off ceremony for the next phase of his National bike tour to promote awareness on organ donation.
67 year old, Mr. Pramod Mahajan hails from a farming community in Pune. In the year 2000, he donated one of his kidneys to an army jawan and saved his life. Since then he has been an active champion for organ donation. On Oct 21, 2018, he started on a National bike tour from Pune, Maharashtra aimed at raising awareness to promote organ donation. He has covered a remarkable distance of 8000 kms in 80 days on his bike and has met with several medical and community leaders across the length and breadth of the country in order to spread his message. The last leg of his trip was flagged off by the organ transplant team of doctors at Amrita Hospital on January 07, 2019.
The flag-off ceremony was done by Dr. (Col). Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine in the presence of Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Hospital, Dr. Subramania Iyer, Chairman and Professor, Plastic Surgery and Head & Neck Surgery, Amrita Hospital, Dr. Mohit Sharma, Professor, Plastic Surgery, Amrita Hospital, Dr. S. Sudhindran, Professor, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Amrita Hospital, Mr. Prasad V.G., Transplant Coordinator, Amrita Hospital and Mr. Manu the 1st hand transplant recipient. In his message Mr. Pramod Mahajan said: “After touring around the country, I know that Kerala is leading the country in all aspects but unfortunately not in the organ donation scene. My prayer before starting today is that Kerala should lead the country in this area also in the coming years.”