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Dr. Richard Mangus answered:

Organ donation, what if the next of kin the spouse is dead , and the siblings are a minor can they still decide to donate the organ?

Yes, they can donate

Most states now use the driver's license to obtain consent. If the person has declared their wish to donate previously, this is sufficient consent. Also, in the case where only minor survivors existed and no previous declaration of consent had been documented, the organ procurement organization would probably accept the consent of the minor relative.
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I was wondering what are the cons of organ donation and transplantation?

Risks exist

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It depends what organ transplant is being contemplated. Organ donation is major surgery and you need a careful discussion of risks and benefits including the long term risk. This should be done with members of the Transplant Team who know this information the best.
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Is organ donation always reliable?

No

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The organs don't always work. Sometimes when they do work the patient's other medical conditions get worse and they die. Sometimes a problem with the organ (such as an infection or blood type issue) can come up after the transplant and cause major problems.
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Is there a market for organ donation?

Outside of the US

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Unfortunately, there is a black market outside of developed countries. The patients who have been identified afterwards have had much higher rates of infections and worse outcomes. Medicare may not pay for the anti-rejection medications if the transplant was not performed at a Medicare approved center. Black market transplants are dangerous. Legitimate organ donation must be increased.
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Dr. George E. Loss answered:

How do I opt out of an organ donation?

Just say no.

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Tell your health provider no. No details need be provided to anyone else except that you are not an acceptable donor for the potential recipient. Period!
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Does organ donation disfigure your corpse?

No

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there will be external scars from where the organ retrieval process occurred but a normal burial is possible, open casket and all if so desired.
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What is the minimum age for organ donation?

Depends

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Deceased donors can be almost any age. Babies need transplants too. For a living donor each center will have their own threshold but most have 19-21 as the lower limit.
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Why doesn't everyone support organ donation?

Organ donation

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Unfortunately there are many people who feel that organ donation is not a transparent process and the medical profession would prefer to allow some to die in order to recover their organs to transplant into others. In fact this is the farthest from the truth, but urban myths and stories abound that give many false impressions. Better education will help clear the myths and more lives will be saved
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Why are some people opposed to organ donation?

Personal resons

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Sometimes the patient or family has personal religious or moral beliefs against removing body parts. Sometimes people are angery at the medical system. Other times people are just not well informed about the potential for donation and the benefits to society.
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Is organ donation permitted throughout the USA?

All over the world

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Organ donation is permitted worldwide and by every religion/faith and government.
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