Part 2 of our donate life series covers the donor side of organ donation. Organs come from either deceased or living donors. Deceased organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ, at the time of the donor’s death. Living donors should be in good overall physical and mental health and older than 18 years of age.
Living donors can donate;
- 1 of 2 kidneys
- 1 of 2 lobes of livers
- A lung or part of a lung, part of the pancreas, or part of the intestines.
Deceased donations and transplantations professionals determine which organs can be transplanted and to which patients on the national transplant waiting list.
The impact of donating is huge, 1 donor can save 8 lives. There are positive and life changing effects that come from donating and receiving an organ. For the recipient, receiving an organ prolongs life and allows for quality of life. For the donor, the experience of giving an organ to a person in need can serve as a positive, rewarding experience.
The next step is up to you…. To register to become a donor and to save lives is as simple as contacting a transplant center, visit the OPTN Member Directory for a list of transplant centers. Make the next step by having an initial screening and have an independent donor advocate to help you navigate and advocate on your behalf.
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