The health and wellbeing of thousands of people across the nation depend on organ donations. For every person that receives that fateful phone call that they’ve been waiting for, dozens more continue to wait - often until it is too late. Less than one percent of registered donors making it through to the donation process, it’s a need that is growing daily. This article tells you all you need to know to become an organ donor.
In order for a person to be considered for organ donation, three things need to happen: 1. Someone needs a transplant. 2. The available organs are not viable on the donor’s body. 3. The patient is living.
Kidneys, eyes, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, intestine, and bone marrow can be donated to anyone in need of a transplant.
The exception is the heart and lungs, which can only be donated to a person who about to die. While a person may die without having received an organ donation, the deceased person can still be considered a donor. People who have been registered as organ donors will receive a letter from their hospital to remind them to donate their organs at their time of death.
How to register as an organ donor
There are many things you can do to make sure you register as an organ donor, but first, you need to make sure you are aware of the following facts: Everyone can be an organ donor. You just need to decide to do so. Don’t know if you are on the donor register? Do a donor registration search on the internet.
Your decision to become a donor will not change your right to an inheritance. If you have not yet died, your family will still receive your estate if you donate your organs after your death. your decision to become a donor will not change any rights you have.
The donation process
Organ donation is as simple as providing a tissue and blood sample at your next doctor’s appointment. It’s a very simple process that saves lives by replacing organs that would otherwise be rejected due to incompatible blood types or diseases. There are three types of organ donation: Organ and tissue donation, medical donation and research donation. Most states require you to decide on one of the options. Donation of tissue and blood can be performed at the discretion of the organ donor and research donations are made in a clinical setting.
The risks of being an organ donor
Often, people choose not to donate organs and tissues to save others because they are afraid of what the repercussions might be. But all this is done in a very safe and comfortable environment. You don’t have to have the kind of courage of Gandhi to do something this big. There are risks, of course, if you are donating organs while alive. Surgery is involved and there are always potential problems that go along with it. However, the risk to benefit ratio says that donating tissue or organs to enhance or save someone's life is well worth it.
Questions you may have about being an organ donor
Why do I need to become an organ donor? If you were injured in an accident, you may be told to decide whether you want to donate your organs or not. Donating your organs helps doctors to save the lives of others who were killed in an accident as well as those who may have suffered brain damage or just had an organ fail. Many people are already willing to make this decision and consider organ donation as a way to say thank you to a doctor or paramedic who was instrumental in saving their lives.
Learning about organ donation and getting involved are some of the easiest, but most vital things you can do to help save a life. So remember - there are over 120,000 people in the US in need of an organ transplant, and 9,000 die each year. Lives depend on us, and we can help make a difference.
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