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Deciding on Donation

separator It can make you feel a little squeamish to think about signing up to become an organ or tissue donor. Live donors are often the closest match for people who need a transplant. You’ve probably read stories about somebody who’s willing to give up one kidney to a person in need. Often, it’s a family member who donates to another family member. 

But transplants from live donors simply aren’t always possible. The 85,000 people on the national transplant waiting list are depending on healthy individuals to make the decision to donate organs or tissue from their bodies if they’re in an accident that causes their death. It’s something a lot of us don’t like to think about, and that’s why there aren’t enough donors for the people on the list. 

If you don’t believe in donation because of a personal value, that’s a fine reason for not doing it. But if you think organ and tissue donation is a worthwhile thing, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t express those wishes to your family and other loved ones and then indicate your desires on your driver’s license or on an organ donor card. 

What can you donate from your body? 

These are the organs that can be donated:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Intestine

 These are the tissues that can be donated:

  • Blood vessels
  • Bone
  • Bone marrow
  • Connective tissue
  • Corneas
  • Heart valves
  • Middle ears
  • Skin

If you want to be a donor…
You can go to the U.S. Government’s Web site and cut out the donor card, sign it in the presence of two witnesses, and carry it with you in your purse or wallet. You can also contact your local motor vehicle administration to find out what you need to do to indicate on your driver’s license that you want to be an organ donor. It’s also important to state your wishes in your will. And most important of all, tell your family about your desire to donate your organs and tissue. 

For more information about organ donation, ask your doctor what you need to do to get started. Or you can visit the Web site of the United Network for Organ Sharing or the U.S. Government’s Web site for Organ Donation

United Network for Organ Sharing or the U.S. Government’s Web site for Organ Donation
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