Photo: Sri Ramakrishna Hospital on Saturday broke the Guinness World Record for ‘Most people to sign up as organ donors in eight hours’. The hospital had enlisted the support of 13,459 persons in the eight hours that ended at 4.05 p.m. The supporters had pledged to be organ donors.
The Guinness World Records world record for the most people to sign up as organ donors in eight hours is 10,450 and was achieved by Indian National Students Organisation – INSO (India), at Sir Chhotu Ram stadium, Rohtak, Haryana, India, on 1 December 2013.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people to sign up as organ donors in one hour at a single location is 3,548 and was organised by the Department of Health – Philippine Network for Organ Sharing, at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines on 28 February 2014.
Well before the deadline, the hospital, with help from the student volunteers of SNR Sons College, had managed to take the pledge from more than 13,000 persons, said K. Karunakaran, Principal.
The college had sent invite to 35 institutions in and around Coimbatore, including polytechnic colleges, to send their students above 18 years of age to the record breaking attempt and also pledge to donate organs after death. Twenty of the institutions responded, Mr. Karunakaran said.
The college had broken the Guinness World Records world record set on December 1, 2013 by Indian National Students Organisation at Sir Chhotu Ram Stadium in Rothak, Haryana, wherein 10,451 people had pledged their organs, The Hindu reports.