Organ Donation

by Kate Cheek

What is organ donation?

Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person.

What Can Be Donated

  • heart
  • intestine
  • kidney
  • liver
  • lung
  • pancreas
  • bone
  • cartilage
  • corneas
  • ligaments
  • skin
  • tendons
  • veins
  • and more
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Procedures for Donation

  1. trying to save a life
  2. testing for brain death
  3. alerting the OPO(Organ Procurement Organization)
  4. obtaining consent
  5. matching donors with recipients
  6. maintaining the donor
  7. recovering and transporting organs
  8. transplanting the organs
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Incorrect Myths About Organ Donation

  • "If I agree to donate my organs, the hospital staff will not work as hard to save my life."

  • "Maybe I won't really be dead when they sign my death certificate."

  • "I am under the age of 18, I think I am too young to make this decision."

Extra Facts

  • 21 people die every day while waiting for a transplant
  • Almost anyone can be an organ donor, regardless of age or medical background
  • All major religions in the USA support organ donation
  • Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background
  • The cornea is the most commonly transplanted tissue
  • A healthy person can become a "living donor"