Organ Donation

Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ, at the time of the donor’s death, for the purpose of transplantation to another person. Organ donation can save or improve the lives of people who are waiting for a transplant.

There are many different organs that can be donated, including:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Pancreas
  • Intestines
  • Bone marrow
  • Skin
  • Cornea

To be a donor, you must be in good health and have no major medical conditions. You must also be over the age of 18 (or 16 in some states).

There are two main types of organ donation: deceased donation and living donation.

  • Deceased donation occurs when a person dies and their organs are donated after they are declared brain dead.
  • Living donation occurs when a person donates an organ to another person who is still alive. Living donation can be done with a kidney, liver, lung, or part of the pancreas.

If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, there are a few things you can do:

  • Sign up for the organ donor registry: In most states, you can sign up to be an organ donor when you get your driver’s license or state ID.
  • Talk to your family and friends: Let your family and friends know that you want to be an organ donor. This will help ensure that your wishes are honored if you die and are eligible to donate.
  • Learn more about organ donation: There are many resources available to learn more about organ donation. You can visit the websites of organ donation organizations, such as Donate Life America or the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), or talk to your doctor.

Organ donation is a life-saving gift. By becoming an organ donor, you can help to save or improve the lives of many people.