Taking a Closer Look at Organ Donation
During National Donate Life Month this April, many new names will be added to the state donor registry to provide the lifesaving gift of vital organs or tissues to one of thousands of patients waiting for these transplants. If you are considering becoming an organ donor, keep reading to discover the importance of organ donation and the details of the donation process .
Reasons to Donate
There are more than 100,000 individuals currently waiting for organ transplants, and nearly 2,000 of these individuals are pediatric patients. One organ donor can save up to eight lives by allowing their organs to be used for transplantation after death. Living donors also make a big difference with the ability to give a kidney or a portion of the pancreas, liver, lung, or intestine.
How to Become a Donor
If you are over the age of 18 and are not suffering from conditions such as rapidly spreading cancer or HIV, you may become added to the donor registry. Upon your death in certain circumstances, the donor registry will search for your name and use your information to find a match on the list of waiting patients. Becoming a donor does not cost anything, and it will not affect your healthcare in any way.
How Organ Donation Works
Organs may only be viable for transplant if they have had blood and oxygen flowing to them at the time of recovery. Therefore, most donor organs come from individuals who have died from an irreparable neurological injury such as stroke or trauma resulting from a car accident.
For more information about organ donation or general tips to help you manage your health, stay connected with Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center . You can speak with one of our registered nurses 24/7 by calling (877) 888-5746.