Organ Donation Information
Who is eligible to donate?
at least 18-years-old to 55 or 65 years-old / depends on hospital
no diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepitis, kidney stones, or organ disease.
What organs can be donated by a living donor?
Kidneys, part of liver, lung, intestine, blood, bone marrow, and pancreas
What is a Living Donor?
There are three categories of “living” donors – individuals who choose to donate an organ to a patient on the transplant waiting list. Most often the person is a family member, but there are also individuals willing to be tested on behalf of the recipient, and finally there is the altruistic donor who donates an organ to someone they have never met.
As of January 2016, 100,791 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant. Many of those will become too sick to receive a donated organ. It can take up to several months to complete the necessary tests, and some of those on the waiting list face even greater challenges because they are in need of a second transplant. Organs such as kidneys don’t always last forever. While they now function longer, the average is still only about 12 years.
In many cases, the family searches for a living donor. The transplant hospital does the testing and the transplant occurs after a potential living donor is found. If you are interested in becoming a living donor to a specific person in need, contact the transplant hospital of that person. The transplant coordinator will then begin the testing process to determine if you are healthy enough to donate.
Important facts about living donor organs:
Living donor organs last longer
Someone can be removed from the waiting list
Technology has improved with less recuperation time for the donor and recipient
Less expensive than dialysis
What organs can be donated as a living donor?
Pancreas – a portion of the pancreas
Liver – a segment of the liver which has the ability to regenerate and regain full function
Lung – lung lobes do not regenerate but individuals can donate a lobe from one lung
Intestine – although very rare, it is possible to donate a portion of intestine
We encourage everyone, who can, to become a registered donor.
But we ask you to take it one step further and become a life saver now to someone in need – sign up to be a living donor today!