Ivan Bartolo: is-solidarjetá fl-aqwa tagħha

Fi żmien meta uħud mill-politiċi, u dawk ta’ madwarhom, ikunu fl-aħbarijiet dwar dak li qed jaħtfu jew japprofittaw ruħhom minnu, hu ta’ kuraġġ li tisma’ b’wieħed li qiegħed fl-aħbarijiet għal dak li qed jagħti. Qed nikteb dwar Ivan Bartolo, Membru Parlamentari tal-PN, li iktar kmieni din il-ġimgħa kien fl-aħbarijiet minħabba donazzjoni ta’ kilwa minn tiegħu lil persuna li ma jafx biex din il-persuna tkun tista’ tgħix ħajja aħjar.

Id-donazzjoni ta’ organi umani, għal min ikun qed jirċievi d-donazzjoni hi daqs li jkun twieled mill-ġdid. Hi l-isbaħ rigal li qatt jista’ jingħata. Jekk li tħalli l-organi tiegħek biex jintużaw wara mewtek hu ġest nobbli u ta’ min ifaħħru, kemm hu iktar minn hekk jekk id-donazzjoni tagħmilha inti stess bir-rieda esklussiva tiegħek waqt li għadek ħaj.

Il-ġest nobbli ta’ Ivan Bartolo hu opportunitá biex niffukaw fuq il-ħtieġa ta’ iktar donazzjonijiet ta’ organi umani. Kemm biex ikunu salvati ħajjiet, kif ukoll biex ikun possibli li titjieb il-ħajja ta’ bosta.

Tirrikjedi kuraġġ kbir biex f’ħajtek tagħti donazzjoni ta’ wieħed mill-organi tiegħek. Dan hu ġest li xi minn daqqiet isir minn ġenituri biex jgħinu lill-uliedhom morda inkella hu ġest li jsir bejn l-aħwa biex jgħinu lil xulxin f’sitwazzjoni ta’ ħajja jew mewt. Ivan mar lil hinn minn solidarjetá bejn membri tal-istess familja. Id-donazzjoni tal-kilwa tiegħu lil persuna li ma jafx hi l-milja tas-solidarjetá umana: Ivan Bartolo huwa s-Sammaritan it-tajjeb tal-21 seklu.

F’Malta, bħal f’bosta pajjiżi oħra, d-diskrepanza bejn id-domanda għall-organi umani meħtieġa għat-trapjant u d-disponibilitá ta’ dawn l-istess organi qegħda dejjem tiżdied. Biex tkun indirizzata din id-diskrepanza, fl-2016 il-Parlament approva liġi li tipprovdi l-qafas legali tant meħtieġ għal organizzazzjoni aħjar ta’ dawn id-donazzjonijiet ta’ organi kif ukoll biex tkun protetta din l-informazzjoni tant sensittiva. Din il-leġislazzjoni tipprovdi l-mekkaniżmi meħtieġa biex ix-xewqat ta’ dawk li jixtiequ jagħmlu donazzjoni ta’ organu jew organi tagħhom wara mewthom għal skop ta’ trapjant tkun implimentata billi tkun magħrufa mill-awtoritajiet tas-saħħa. Informazzjoni dwar kif tista’ tirreġistra tinkiseb minn fuq is-sit elettroniku tal-Ministeru tas-Saħħa (www.health.gov.mt).

Id-donazzjoni ta’ organu uman biex dan jintuża għal trapjant jista’ jsalva l-ħajja inkella jtejjeb sostanzjalment il-kwalitá tal-ħajja ta’ min jirċivieh.

Il-ġest nobbli ta’ Ivan Bartolo hu ta’ eżempju lil kulħadd dwar dak li hi s-solidarjetá umana. Grazzi Ivan.

Ippubblikat f’Illum : il-Ħadd 30 ta’ Lulju 2017

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Ivan Bartolo : solidarity at its best

In a day and age when a number of politicians and their hangers-on make the headlines for reasons of greed, for making hay while the sun shines, its quite a change to have a politician in the news for making a donation rather than for receiving one!

I refer to Ivan Bartolo, PN Member of Parliament who, earlier this week, donated one of his kidneys to a person unknown to him, in order that this person may have a better life.

The donation of a human organ is a second gift of life to the recipient. It is one of the most powerful gifts possible. To donate your organs after your death is commendable; carrying out such a donation while you are still alive, and in your prime, is beyond commendable.

Ivan Bartolo’s noble act serves as a reminder to focus on the need for more organ donations in order to save the lives of some and improve the lives of others.

It takes considerable courage to donate one of your organs when you are still alive. It is something occasionally done by parents to help an ailing child, or by brothers and sisters to help each other in a situation of extreme need. Ivan went beyond familial ties of solidarity – he went one better : to donate of his kidneys to a stranger is an expression of human solidarity in its fullest possible sense. He is a 21st-century good Samaritan.

In Malta, as in most other countries, the gap between the supply and demand of human organs for transplant is widening.  Last year, in order to address this shortfall,  Parliament approved legislation to create a legal framework that facilitates human organ, tissue and cell donation in order to improve the donation process as well as to protect the resulting sensitive information. This legislation provides a framework for registering with the health  authorities the wishes of those wanting to donate an organ, tissue or cells after their death. Information on how to register is available on the Ministry for Health’s website http://www.health.gov.mt.

Donating an organ can save or prolong the life of the recipient or else it can substantially improve the recipient’s quality of life.

Thank You Ivan. You are an example to us all of what solidarity with each other really means and how much it can achieve.

published in The Malta Independent on Sunday : 30 July 2017