Mr. Pramod Lakshman Mahajan, a 67 year old organ donation campaigner, was felicitated on January 7, 2019, at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) through a flag-off ceremony for the next phase of his nationwide motorcycle tour to promote awareness on organ donation. Ever since he donated one of his kidneys to an army jawan and saved his life in 2000, Mr. Mahajan has become an active promoter of organ donation.
A member of a farming community in Pune, Mr. Mahajan embarked on a nationwide motorcycle tour on October 21, 2018, to raise awareness among the public to promote organ donation. During his odyssey, Mr. Mahajan has covered an impressive 8,000 km within 80 days and has met with several medical professionals and community leaders across the length and breadth of India. He came to AIMS, Kochi, in the last leg of this journey, where he was received by the team of organ transplant doctors.
The solo motorcycle rally was flagged off by Dr. (Col). Vishal Marwaha, Principal, School of Medicine, Amrita Health Sciences Campus, Kochi, in the presence of AIMS Medical Professionals, Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh (Medical Superintendent), Dr. Subramania Iyer (Chairman and Professor, Plastic Surgery and Head & Neck Surgery), Dr. Mohit Sharma (Professor, Plastic Surgery), Dr. S. Sudhindran (Professor, Gastrointestinal Surgery), Mr. Prasad V. G. (Transplant Coordinator) and the first hand transplant recipient, Mr. Manu.
During his interaction with the media, Mr. Pramod Mahajan stated that he came to know about Kerala as the most developed state of India, but that the lack of awareness about organ donation here is really unfortunate. Before continuing his journey, Mr. Mahajan expressed his desire that Kerala should become the leading state in organ donation in the coming years.