Body will but turn into dust. Death is inevitable but a small initiative from your end can go a long way in saving a stranger. Organ donation is a gift, for lifetime.
What is Organ Donation?
It is to take healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. Organs form one human body can save or help to save as many as 50 people. Aprt from internal organs like kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines and lungs, one can also donate skin, bone(s) or bone marrow and cornea.
Who Can Donate?
Anybody over the age of 18 and if you are under age 18, your parent or guardian must give you permission to become a donor. All you need to do is to sign a donor card. You should also let your family know your wishes. Exceptions are made in the case of those who suffer from cancer, HIV or disease causing bacteria in bloodstream or body tissues. Whether the organ will be usable or not, decisions pertaining to these are made at the time of donor's death or in case of a living donor, in the process leading to donation.
Donated Organs And Research
Organs are recovered from donors with the sole intent of saving life. If the organs are found suitable for transplant the transplantation process goes ahead, if not the organs are provided for research.
Live Organ Donation
One need not wait until death to donate an organ. Although there are risks with undergoing surgey, most donors live a very healthy life without any effect on their lifestyles.
A live donation is the ultimate gift. There is an overwhelming satisfaction of giving life to another human being who would otherwise have a very poor quality of life or even die while waiting for a transplant.
Organs that can be donated by a live donor
Single Kidney: For the donor there is little risk in living with one kidney because the remaining kidney compensates to do the work of both kidneys.
Liver: Individuals can donate segments of liver, which has the ability to regenerate the segment and regain full function within weeks after transplant.
Lungs: There are normally 5 lung lobes and a live organ donor can donate a lobe to someone in need of a lung transplant. The lung lobe does not regenerate, but the remaining lung tissue expands to fill the donated area.
Pancreas: Live donors can donate a portion of their pancreas and usually have no problems with reduced function.
Each organ has its own waiting list, the only thing common is the long list of those who want the organs than are available. Organ donation saves many a life but most of those in need die waiting for some one to donate organs for them. Over 106 people are added to the already long list of those who await and about 18 people die each day waiting for an organ. Decide today and make a difference.