Why is it important to be a organ donor?
By donating your organs and tissue after you die, you can save or improve as many as 75 lives. Many families say that knowing their loved one helped save or improve other lives helped them cope with their loss. It’s especially important to consider becoming an organ donor if you belong to an ethnic minority.
Why be an organ donor pros and cons?
Pros and Cons of Organ DonationYou can save a life, possibly multiple lives. You may even save the life of someone you love.Your family can find comfort in knowing your organs saved others. Organ donors and recipients do not have to be an exact match. Medical research donation can save even more lives.
Why are more organ donors needed?
Every year hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant because there is a shortage of organ donors. There are a number of reasons for this. The kind of illnesses that can result in organ failure, like kidney disease and heart disease, are on the increase.
What organs are needed the most?
The two organs that are needed most frequently are kidneys and livers. About 83 percent of the people on the national transplant waiting list are waiting for kidney transplants and about 12 percent are waiting for liver transplants according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Can I donate my eyes while alive?
For the most part, corneal donation comes from people who are dead. In very rare circumstances, a donor may be living. For example a patient who has an ocular tumor in the back of the eye may be able to donate the eye at the time the eye is removed.
How many hours after death can eyes be donated?
Donor eyes must be removed within six to twelve hours after death. 6. Who can donate eyes? Almost everyone can donate his or her eyes.
What can you donate while alive?
You can donate a kidney or part of your liver while you’re still alive. This is known as ‘living donation’. Most living donors are family members or close friends of the recipient. You can also be a live femoral head donator if you are having a total hip replacement.
Do organ donors feel pain?
Some studies indicate that braindead patients from whom organs are being harvested sometimes exhibit possible signs of pain such as increased blood pressure and heart rate. For this reason, many medical experts advocate for anesthetization of braindead patients from whom organs are being harvested.
Do they keep you alive for organ donation?
The Living Donation Process While most organ and tissue donations occur after the donor has died, some organs (including a kidney or part of a liver or lung) and tissues can be donated while the donor is alive.