Grantham doctor gets inked up to raise awareness of organ donation
A doctor has got a tattoo to say he is an organ donor and hopes others will follow his example.
Doctor Shreedhar Vaidya, a former doctor at Grantham Hospital, is hoping to start a campaign to encourage people to have a tattoo to identify themselves as organ donors.
He visited The Tattoo Shop, on Commercial Road, Grantham, just before Christmas to get inked up on his forearm, which is where doctors and nurses would go to to do blood pressure and/or an IV line. He also added his blood group to the design.
Dr Vaidya said: “I have had the idea in my head for a while but just decided to go for it.
“I want to make it as easy as possible for the emergency services to be able to recognise straight away that I am an organ donor and know my blood type in the event of an unforeseen emergency. It would save them a lot of hassle.”
Darren Paddison, known as Paddy, who has been tattooing in Grantham for 10 years and owns The Tattoo Shop, thought it was a great idea.
He said: “It was an absolute pleasure to tattoo him and I feel honoured to be a part of his campaign. I thought this was a brilliant idea and he was happy for me to share his story to encourage others to do the same. If it helps people in an emergency situation and highlights the increasing need for organ donors then I am definitely behind that.
“We tell people that a tattoo should be for them but this one is a tattoo for everyone else.”
Since sharing Dr Vaidya’s story across social media, Paddy has already received bookings for similar tattoos.