A. “I do not need to think about death. I am a young, healthy, and invincible person. Nothing bad can ever happen to me.” Have you ever had these thoughts?
B. Well, I have. I had this very thought right before October 2010, before a close friend of mine died. Right then and there, in the most tragic time of their lives, her family had a big decision to make.
C. My name is Morgan Silva and I am here to talk to you about organ donation, how you can become one, and the ways your family and donor recipients benefit from the donation you made. II. Body
A. People often ask themselves what organ donation is and what it involves.
1. According to Medline Plus, organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another.
a. All kinds of organs can be donated to save a life: the kidneys, the heart, the liver, the pancreas, the small bowel, and intestines.
b. The types of tissues that can be donated are bones, skin, the heart valves, blood vessels, whole eyes and corneas. By donating these organs and tissues, people save lives every day.
2. An organ donor, according to Houston Methodist Leading Medicine, is “anyone who is willing to donate organs or tissues to help extend or improve someone’s life.”
a. Donatelife.net states that more than 123,000 men, women, and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants and every ten minutes another name is being added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
b. According to
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Since the first successful kidney transplant in 1954, the procedure has evolved from a risky experimental procedure to a relatively safe and standard procedure. Since then, doctors have been consistently raising the bar and have had success with numerous organ transplants, including hearts, lungs, livers, skin and even full facial transplants. Organs can be donated from the obvious, a deceased person, or from a cadaveric donor (someone who is declared brain dead) or from live donors. The transplantable organs from a live donor include the kidney, part of the lung and liver, and part of the eye, the cornea. The donor organs
For over 13 year I have worked in healthcare and I have seen multiple patients die from organ failure as they waited on the transplant list. I’ve seen patients lose their quality of life as they sit in hospitals for weeks and months at a time as they waited for a kidney transplant. I also know people who have donated the organs of their loved ones and were blessed to know that their loss was the beginning of another person’s life.
In order to be eligible for an organ donation list, you must be in end-stage organ failure. This means that one of the patient’s organs has not been working for a while and it is impossible for them to live without some kind of help or transplant. For many patients, end-stage organ failure can come as a shock even if they have known for months that one of their organs was failing. With kidneys, this means the patients are put on dialysis if they are not already. Dialysis is a process that mechanically helps to do the things that the kidneys normally do. This can include filtering waste and toxins out of the body. Many organs can be transplanted from living and dead donors, including kidneys, heart, lung,
If your blood type is O you can donate to O, A, B, or AB. The blood type A can donate to A or AB, Blood type B can donate to B or AB. Ab can donate to A, B or AB. The A, B and AB genes are common while O isn’t as much. Another thing key for detecting whether or not an organ will match the recipients body is the major histocompatibility complex. This is a group of genes on the surface of the cell, the genes have building blocks of protein that help the immune system detect weird substances that are not recognised. When organs are transplanted into the recipient’s body the human leukocyte antigen molecules from the donor are recognised by the immune system, this allows the alloimmune response to match a donor with a recipient, this is especially important in the transplantation of kidneys. When organs (specifically kidneys) are transplanted new antigens are welcomed into the body, the immune system realises that these organs are not right so they are rejected, by recognising the MHC antigens in both the donor and recipient match these organs will not be
Organ donation is the medical process of voluntarily giving one or more of your organs to someone in need, whether it be someone you know or a stranger. It is strictly voluntary, no payment for the organ/s will be given from the hospital, the recipient or the recipients family. In organ donation, there are two types of donations, living organ donation and deceased organ donation. Living organ donation is when the donor is still alive and voluntarily chooses to donate one or more of their organs to a recipient(s) in need. Whereas, deceased organ donation happens after the donor has passed away, and consent was given to be able to donate their organs.
You can also be a living donor, you can donate partial kidney, partial lung, pancreas, intestine, bone marrow ,skin tissue,
Every two hours someone dies waiting for an organ transplant. 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives. . THE NEED IS REAL
Attention Getter: Let’s look at the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. They tell us that 116,567 people need a lifesaving organ transplant. Of those, 75,685 people are active the waiting list candidates. There are only 12,212 donors total donors as of 2017.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, every ten minutes a name is added to the National Transplant waiting list. As of December 1, 2015, there are 122,477 people that need a lifesaving operation and are on the transplant waiting list. While on the waiting list, there is an average of 22 people that die every day. So far, only 23,134 transplants have been done in 2015. (U.S. Depart.of Health and Human Services) This incredibly low number of transplants is why more people should become organ donors. Choosing to become an organ donor provides the opportunity to save up to eight lives and improve the quality of life for many others with tissue donation. An organ donor can also provide comfort to the grieving family: the loss of the loved one will be helping others to live. Becoming an organ donor is much easier than many think. The decision can literally be done in just minutes.
Organ donation is a sacrifice that can touch many people through one person’s unselfish gift. Granted that gift most often comes after a tragic loss of a loved one. As the bearer of three functioning kidneys, I have always considered organ donation to be the expected norm. But today, the focus will be to enlighten you on the reasons to consider organ donation. Organ donations are needed for every age group, race, and ethnic groups. Each person should take the opportunity to extend the gift of life to another individual through organ donation.
If somebody wanted to donate something while they were alive, instead of waiting till they die, there are also some organs that can be donated while they are living. While living people can donate their kidney, part of their pancreas, part of a lung, part of a liver, part of the intestine, bone marrow, and blood (Organ and Tissue Donation). Most people who donate organs or tissues while they are alive donate the organ or tissue to a family member or friend, but there are some cases where they donate it to someone they don’t know. Some of the organs can regenerate themselves and some can’t. If somebody donates and organ while they are alive that doesn’t regenerate itself, they are still able to survive without it. For example somebody can donate a whole kidney and be okay, because they have another one and