More than 100,000 people are on the organ waiting list in the US. Sadly, there are not too many organ donors. Patients die every year, because they couldn’t get a donor organ in time. There are nonprofit organizations that are running organ & tissue donor networks to help patients and encourage potential donors, but obviously, more work is required. If you are considering organ donation, you need to need more positive stores. Also, check a donor recipient letter, where donor families have thanked patients for various reasons.
Before you decide to become an organ donor, here’s more on what you need to know!
Is organ donation safe?
You can decide to become an organ donor by agreeing to donate your organs after your death. One donor can save as many 75 lives! There is also the second option of becoming a living organ donor, where a person can donate certain organs, such as kidney, and yet live a healthy life. If you want to be a living organ donor, you need to evaluate several factors, including the risks and complications, given that this is a major surgery. Your doctor will do many medical screenings to ensure that you are compatible with the patient and will have little or no concerns in leading a normal/healthy life after donating the organ.
How to become an organ donor?
Every state has a donor registry (at least most have), and you can check for more information at organdonor.gov. The choice will be designated in your driving license (whenever you update/renew next), and you will have to tell your family about it. If you want to become a living donor and help someone you know, medical professionals will do complete checks and ensure that the procedure is safe for both donor and patient. In case you cannot or do not want to become a living organ donor, it is completely okay too.
Helping people in need
We need more organ donors than ever before, and the community needs aware people and respecting families who can understand the relevance of the decision. Pledge your support for organ & tissue donor networks, so that they can get all the assistance needed. You can donate, volunteer and help in many other ways. Also, encourage others to become organ donors. Age is never a factor to become an organ donor, as long as the medical history is okayed by doctors.