Every person should consider the opportunity to become an organ donor, because there is the chance to save as many as eight lives after their death. Becoming an organ donor doesn’t have to be complicated, and you just need to sign up for your state registry. There is also the option to be a living donor, which may not apply for everyone, but often is the only way to save someone’s life. Visit a local transplant center or work with an organization in your state, to know how hard it is to find a donor in time for many patients.
In this post, we are sharing answers for top questions about becoming an organ donor.
- “I do have medical conditions. Am I eligible?”
In all likeliness, you can still be an organ donor. Upon your death, the doctors will decide which organs and tissues can be donated, depending on various factors. There are only a handful of very critical factors that may prevent one from donating their organs. A good example of that would be a patient with active cancer.
- Are there any age limits?
No, you can become an organ donor at any age. If you are under 18, you may need the consent of your parents or guardians, but its possible. The idea is to use healthy organs upon the death of the donor to save someone, and age is not a factor in such cases. However, the health of the organs at that time does matter.
- “Will my religion allow organ donation?”
In most cases, yes. Most religions in the world support being an organ donor, because you are saving lives. Some religions have already released statements in this regard, so check for that, if possible.
- Is it risky to be a living donor?
Almost all donations come from donors who have died, but in some cases, living donors are extremely important to save a patient’s life. There are a few risks with any surgery, so if you want to become a living donor for a friend or family member, talk to your doctor in detail. Also, only few organs can be donated as a living donor, such as part of liver and pancreas, one kidney, and limited tissues.
- “Should I inform my family?”
Yes, absolutely. They will be contacted after your death for the organ donation process, and they must know of your decision.
Check online for more details on organ donation.