Episode summary introduction:
In the last episode we talked about what to expect if you, the patient, are receiving a transplant. But there is another side to the coin, the donor. There are 2 types of donations, living and deceased.
Registry process and donor matching begins with your consent to be a donor by registering in your state. Donating organs come via deceased and living donors. Deceased organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ, at the time of the donor’s death. Living donors should be in good overall physical and mental health and older than 18 years of age.
Living donors can donate;
1 of 2 kidneys
1 of 2 lobes of livers
A lung or part of a lung, part of the pancreas, or part of the intestines.
Deceased donations and transplantations professionals determine which organs can be transplanted and to which patients on the national transplant waiting list.
Your first visit may be with a transplant coordinator, for an education session or an appointment with a physician who specializes in transplant. After, you should be able to resume your daily activities in three to six months after the procedure. It is important to follow your transplant team’s instructions for preventing infection.
The impact of donating is huge, 1 donor can save 8 lives. There are positive and life changing effects that come from donating and receiving an organ. For the recipient, receiving an organ prolongs life and allows for quality of life. For the donor, the experience of giving an organ to a person in need can serve as a positive, rewarding experience.
The next step is up to you…. To register to become a donor and to save lives is as simple as contacting a transplant center, visit the OPTN Member Directory for a list of transplant centers. Make the next step by having an initial screening and have an independent donor advocate to help you navigate and advocate on your behalf.
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