More number of patients are in need of life-saving organ transplants. In the US alone, there are over 114,000 patients in waiting. While many of us know of how organ donation can change lives, very few sign up to become organ donors. Make time to visit one of the transplant centers in your area, and you will realize how complicated things can be, both for waiting patients and doctors who are making transplants happen. In this post, we are discussing all you need to know about organ donation in particular.
“What organs can I donate?”
You can choose to donate all organs & tissues. Lungs, liver, kidneys, heart, and tissues like skin, corneal tissues can be donated. Pancreas and small intestine are other organs that can be used for specific needs and surgeries.
“Who will get my organs”
One deceased organ donor can save as many as eight lives. Note that organ allocation system is managed federally. Factors like income, religion, and race are never considered for deciding on who gets an organ. Medical aspects will be considered, and compatibility with the organ donor will be checked. In other words, the deceased organ donor cannot decide who gets the organ.
However, if you choose to help a family member, relative or friend, by becoming a living donor, things are different. A healthy individual can choose to donate selected organs, like a part of liver, or one kidney, but again, various medical factors will be considered.
“I want to become an organ donor. How to proceed?”
The first obvious step is to inform your family members. Inform them of your wish, because they will be asked to make the decision after your death. Next, you can sign up with state registry to become an organ donor, if you have a valid state’s driver license, or state ID. If you don’t have either, go for national registry. In many states, the words “organ donor” will be mentioned on driver’s license/state ID card.
“How else can I help people in need of organ transplant?”
There are many charitable organizations that are working around the clock to make organ transplants happen. You can choose to make a cash donation, if you can, or just volunteer with them in various capacities. Most organizations do need volunteers from time to time.
Keep in mind that if you can encourage even one person to become an organ donor, it will make a big difference.