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The importance of becoming an organ donor

Organ donations are vital because they provide necessary lifesaving measures for individuals who need the organs to survive. The following will detail some information regarding organ donations and highlight procedures where organ donation may be necessary.

What is organ donation?

Organ donation is the removal of specific tissues of the human body from a person who has recently died, or from a living donor, for the purpose of transplanting them into other persons. Anyone can choose to be an organ donor. However, individuals who are under the age of 18 need parental consent in order to be an organ donor. If you decide to be an organ donor, you can place an 'organ donor' sticker on your driver’s license and/or on an organ donor card.

Organ donation procedures

When an individual elects to have their organs donated after they die, their organs will be matched to possible recipients on the organ donation registry. If there is a match, the organs will be distributed to the people who have the highest priority on the list.

Organs for sale?

In the United States, it is illegal to sell an organ in the United States. However, many people have tried to sell their organs in other countries.

Types of organs that can be donated

The types of organs which can be donated include lungs, liver, pancreas, intestines, heart, kidneys, and skin.

Considerations Regarding Organ Donation

Organ donation is a serious matter. It is an option that should be examined closely and discussed with various individuals. It is very important to discuss organ donation wishes with family members. It is important that family members are told about a decision to become an organ donor.

Those who wish to become organ donors should also discuss the issue with medical health professionals or representatives at the organ donor registry so that they know exactly what they are signing up for. Having as much information as possible will lead the individual to make an informed decision regarding their organ donation selection.

Organ donation is needed

Organ donation is something which is always in demand. There are many individuals on waiting lists throughout the world who need organ replacements as soon as possible. Therefore, if one is considering organ donation it is helpful to know that their election to do so will help a great deal of individuals who currently need organ transplants to survive.


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