A series of TV programs titled “Organ Donation – Let’s Make a Difference” will air from next week in collaboration with Sikh community channel Sangat TV and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust’s organ donation committee.
“We believe organ donation fits with the Sikh faith and that there is a real need in this community for more donors. If more people registered. more lives could be saved and members of the community might not face waiting longer than others when they need a transplant,” said John Bleasdale, clinical lead for organ donation at the NHS Trust.
The same hospital was recently in the news when Pakistani teenage rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai underwent marathon life-saving surgeries there after being shot in the head by a Taliban fighter.
Kang, 53, who lives in Birmingham, has needed a transplant since 2006. “I have to work round dialysis, it doesn’t control my life – I don’t let it but I have to plan everything. It doesn’t just impact me but the whole family,” he said.
“I urge people to join the Organ Donor Register, you could give somebody their life back. And it is not just that person you’d be helping, but their family and friends.”
Local organ recipients Anju Kaur, Pritpal Singh Sanghera and Jaswinder Dhaliwal talk about their lives before their transplants and how they have been transformed since they received a new kidney. Manjinder Kaur Jagdev, from Norwich, explains her family’s decision to donate her mother’s organs and the comfort this brought them. Clinicians from Birmingham’s City Hospital and medics from further afield, plus experts in organ donation and the Asian community, also feature in the shows. Joga Singh, Sikh chaplain at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The aim of the filming was not only to explore Sikh perspectives towards organ donation, but also to harness the potential of the Sikh community to address this important social issue. (PTI)