According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 123,485 people are currently waiting life-saving organ transplants in the U.S. An average of 79 people receive organ transplants each day. However, an average of 21 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. One organ donor can save the lives of up to 8 people. One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people.
Currently, more than 120 million people in the U.S. are signed up to be a donor.
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An organ donor can be any age.
There is no age limit to be an organ donor. Newborn babies as well as senior citizens can be donors, however individuals under age 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian. Inviduals must also be 18 years of age to register through their state’s Donate life Registry. The physical condition of a person, rather than age, determines whether the organs and tissue can be donated.
My family will be charged for donating my organs.
Organ donation costs nothing to the family of the donor.
Only heart, liver and kidneys can be transplanted.
Organs that can be donated include the heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Tissue that can be donated includes the eyes, skin, bone, heart valves and tendons. Bone marrow also can be donated.
I can choose which organs in my body I want donated.
You may specify which organs you want donated in the event of your death, and your wishes will be followed.
If I have a history of medical illness, I cant be an organ donor.
You still might be able to be an organ donor. When you die a physician will review your medical history and determine whether you can donate some or all of your organs. If you have signed a donor card and told your family of your wishes, organ donation will be considered.
You might come back to life even if youre declared dead, but if you are an organ donor, you wont have this chance.
It may be popular on TV medical dramas and in the tabloids, according to the Mayo Clinic, in reality, people don’t start to wiggle their toes after they’re declared dead. People who have agreed to organ donation are actually given more tests (at no charge to their families) to determine that they’re truly dead than are those who havent agreed to organ donation.
Organ donation is against many religions.
Organ donation is in line with the beliefs of most religions. This includes Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and most branches of Judaism. If you’re unsure of or uncomfortable with your faiths position on donation, ask a member of your clergy. Another option is to check the federal Web site OrganDonor.gov, which provides religious views on organ donation and transplantation by denomination.
As a teen, it’s not even up to me if I die before I’m 18.
Though it’s true in a legal sense, if you let your parents or legal guardians know of your wish to donate in the event that you die, they will consider your wishes and will likely donate your organs, tissue, or what you specify to honor your memory. This is a discussion you should have with your family if you would like to donate.
If I am in an accident and have signed my organ donor card, the doctors will not work as hard to save my life.
Organ and tissue donation takes place ONLY after all efforts to save a life have failed. The medical team treating a patient is completely separate from the transplant team, who is not contacted until after a patient dies and the family has consented to donation.
If I want to donate my organs, it is enough to sign my donor card and not tell anyone.
Even if you sign a donor card or designate that you want to be an organ donor on your drivers license, it is essential that your family is aware of your wishes. A family member may be asked to sign a consent form in order for the organ donation to occur, and if they are not aware of your desires, it could delay or stop the donation.
Organ donation will not mutilate the body.
Donated organs are surgically removed in a routine operation similar to gallbladder or appendix surgery. Organ donation does not disfigure the body.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
The UNOS Organ Center is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to facilitate organ sharing among transplant centers, organ procurement organizations and histocompatibility laboratories across the U.S. The primary functions of the Organ Center are to:
U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation
Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people. Giving the “gift of life” may lighten the grief of the donor’s own family. Many donor families say that knowing other lives have been saved helps them cope with their tragic loss. This site provides information about all aspects of organ donation and transplants.
Children’s Organ Transplant Association
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps children and young adults who need or have had a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support.
National Foundation for Transplants
What began as a local endeavor has evolved into an organization benefiting thousands of organ and tissue transplant candidates and recipients. NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated more than $56 million to assist patients during their transplant journey, and NFT assists more than 1,000 patients. They organization offers assistance to bone marrow and solid organ transplant patients in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF)
NTAF is the largest service organization for transplant patients in the United States. They have helped patients and families nationwide raise more than $64 million for out-of-pocket medical expenses. This is a nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients fundraise for the uninsured medical and medically-related expenses associated with their care — including donor expenses.
Driving for Donors
Driving for Donors began in 2007 as a nationwide event where 12-year-old Pat and his family traveled around the country in a special “Donormobile.” They worked work with The National Marrow Donor Program, The Marrow Foundation, law enforcement departments, local donor centers and businesses and the media to host successful donor drives in over 30 major cities.
Be the Match
Be the Match offers people the unique opportunity to help a patient in need by donating bone marrow or umbilical cord blood
Organ Transplant Coach, Robert Scalan
Robert Scalan is a Life and Transitions Coach who also works with patients and families who are going through the organ donation and transplant process. He has many resources for patients and families in need of support before, during and after receiving an organ transplant. Read testimonials for a complete understanding of his coaching and support groups.
Heartland Lions Eye Banks
The Heartland Lions Eye Bank is a program of the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation with the mission to preserve and restore sight. HLEB retrieves, processes and distributes the highest quality donor eye tissue to corneal surgeons.
I though you could not give an organ to another person if you had a medical illness . Well , I was wrong
I think it’s wrong for any age of person to be a doner because some people need their own body parts
wow this is more than I thought.