Organ Donation

By: Eder Garcia and Aisha Rehan

So 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.

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.


What can you donate?

kidney, lungs, liver, pancreas, intestines, heart, corneas, skin, veins, heart valves, tendons, ligaments and bones.

Why it's important

You can be giving a person another chance in life, or just change their life completely.

How to donate

When you go get your license you should fill out a paper that allows you to donate your organs when you die. And don’t worry about who they go to, everyone should deserve a longer life.

Facts

-113,000 people waiting for some kind of organ donation just in U.S.

-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.

The importance of organ donation