When graphic designer Soumya and school teacher Tulika took their wedding vows on Wednesday night, the groom and the bride signed on another dotted line. The just-married couple pledged their organs on the most important day of their lives.
While many guests were left astounded by the couple’s move, some were inspired to join them in taking the pledge to save lives even after their death. “Stories in the recent past on how some people have gifted lives to the dying, even after their deaths, have moved us. Donating organs is like gifting life to someone who is dying for want of an organ. So we decided to pledge our organs on our D-day,” said the graphic designer from Belgachhia.
In order to make their pledge formal, they had invited members of the Bengal Organ Donation Society (BODS), an NGO, to help them with the formalities. The couple signed on the forms before they made the announcement from the dais. The couple’s move did create a ripple among the odd 350 guests. “While many guests were puzzled, my parents and in-laws lauded our move. In fact, 20 guest pledged their organs as well. We were overwhelmed,” said Soumya.
The wedding dais became a stage for organ-donation campaign for a few minutes. BODS members took the opportunity to brief the guests in the marriage hall in Goabagan on organ donation and why families of brain-dead patients need to consent for the noble cause. “The young couple seemed highly motivated on the issue of organ donation. It is appreciable that they made this special occasion to pledge their organs. By doing so, they have sent a message on organ donation, raising awareness among the guests,” said VM Swamy of BODS.
“We wanted to make this day memorable by doing something for a cause. Even after my death, my organs can promise a new life to seven people,” said Soumya.
Source: Times of India