"It takes only one minute to register as an organ and tissue donor."
- Dipak Patel
Founder, Shatayu - The Gift of Life
Our founder, Mr. Dipak Patel was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in the year 2001 and was told that a heart transplant was his only option for survival. Fortunately for him, he got his transplant done with the help of a kind donor and his family, an able team of surgeons, and blessings of the people. He got a second chance at life and started living a healthy life. But not everyone is as fortunate. Millions of people await their turn for an organ transplant and many lose their lives waiting for a donor organ.
Organ donation is a selfless way to give back to others, and to be able to make a huge difference by giving another person a second chance at life. Unfortunately, the number of patients waiting for organs far exceeds the number of people who are actual donors. Patients are forced to wait for months, even years for a match, and far too many die before they are provided with a suitable organ.
Mr. Patel was moved with this life changing experience and he believed that only heightened public awareness can raise the cadaver organ donations in the country. So in order to create awareness about this life saving miracle and encourage maximum number of people to pledge their organs he founded Shatayu in the year 2009 under the aegis of Govinbhai C. Patel Foundation. Supported by Ganesh Housing Corporation Ltd, Shatayu, is a public service initiative which aims to increase awareness about organ donation in India and broaden the mind-set of people towards the gift of life.