By: Eder Garcia and Aisha Rehan
When can you donate?
Most organ and tissue donations are made after the donor dies. Some donations can be made while the donor is alive. Although donating while being alive does have some risks including pain, infection at the incision site, incisional hernia, pneumonia, blood clots, hemorrhaging, potential need for blood transfusions, side effects associated with allergic reactions to the anesthesia, or even death.
Why it's important
-A person is added to that list every 12 seconds.
-Anyone can be an organ donor in Texas.
-There are NO age limits for organ or tissue donation.
-About 21 people a day die before that organ ever becomes available.