Organ Donors Needed

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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.
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What are the steps to donating organs?

In order for a person to become an organ donor:

  • Blood and oxygen must flow through the organs until the time of recovery to ensure viability.
  • Only after all efforts to save the patient’s life have been exhausted, tests are performed to confirm the absence of brain or brain stem activity, and brain death has been declared, is donation a possibility.
  • If the potential donor is not found on the registry, his or her legally authorized representative is offered the opportunity to authorize the donation.
  • Donation professionals determine which organs can be transplanted and to which patients on the national transplant waiting list the organs are to be allocated.

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Organ donation can occur with:

  • a deceased donor, who can give kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, intestinal organs
  • a living donor, who can give a kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung, intestine, or pancreas



Factors affecting ranking may include:

  • tissue match
  • blood type
  • length of time on the waiting list
  • immune status
  • distance between the potential recipient and the donor
  • degree of medical urgency (for heart, liver, lung and intestines)
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