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Will My Cousin Be A Perfect Match For Me For Organ Donation
Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple ...Read more
Size for some organs: For some organs that are transplanted orthotopically (into the native anatomic location), the size of the donor organ must be reasonably close to that of the recipient's own organ. This includes heart, lung and liver transplants. Kidneys are different since they are transplanted heterotopically (into a different space than the normal anatomic location) which leaves lots of room for adjustment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Organ donation: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Whether you donate your organ is entirely up to you. There is a great demand for organs (heart, lungs, kidney, liver, pancreas, cornea) and if you are brain-dead, it makes a lot of sense to donate your organs and give a gift of life to others. However, the decision itself is entirely up to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Save lives/norisk: A deceased donor is a true hero who may save multiple lives ((8 or 9 transplants from an ideal donor) and improve the quality of lives (through tissue donation) of many others. There are no risks since the person has already died. The funeral may be conducted with an open casket. What about including the words...." he/she was a hero" in a eulogy? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Outside of the US: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If you are not interested in being an organ donor while you are alive or after you have passed, make your feelings known to your family and next of kin. In the United States your organs will not be removed without your permission if you are alive, or without permission from your next of kin if you have died. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discuss death openly: Deceased organ and tissue donation occurs with an unexpected death. Family + loved ones are typically in shock and may not be open to discussion of topics like donation that is much better addressed in advance. For this reason, anyone who wants to be a donor should make their wishes known to their family and certainly register with a donor registry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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