Five Facts About Organ Donation
Since the first kidney transplant in 1954, organ transplantation has grown exponentially. From bone to heart valves more than a dozen different organs can be transplanted from one person into another. Kidneys are still the most common organ donated. The majority of organs come from people who have just died and are registered donors.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about organ donor registration:
1. There is no upper age limit for donation.
You're never too old to register as a donor. Your medical history and condition at death will determine what organs can be used.
You do have to be 18 years old, however, before you can register.
2. You can be a donor even if you have medical conditions.
Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other disorders will not interfere with your donation if they are well controlled.
There are some infectious diseases such as active hepatitis, HIV which may be considered contraindications.
3. If you are brought to the ER after an accident and are a registered donor, the staff will do everything they can to save your life. You are always more important than your organs.
4. You have the power to save or improve the lives of many people.
Organ donation is a gift to the future, a gift that may comfort your loved ones, knowing that a part of you lives on. Register today.