• Wills Porter

Organ donation 101

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

An organ transplant occurs when a person donates their organ to another person. In the field of organ donation and transplantation, there are two common ways a transplant can occur. The two most common ways a transplant can occur is through living or deceased donation.

Living donation:

A living donor may be a friend, family member or a stranger. A person who desires to be a living donor will first need to contact their local transplant center to set up an appointment with the transplant coordinator. In the initial meeting, a potential donor may be asked about their desire to be an organ donor. After the initial meeting, a potential organ donor will be tested to see if they are medically capable of being an organ donor. This process may involve medical screenings, psychological screenings, and determining a person's blood type. If the potential living donor is determined to be medically eligible to be an organ donor, the organ donation process will begin. During the living donor process, the living donor should remain in good health and may also have their health monitored on a routine basis until the organ donation surgery occurs. After the organ donation surgery occurs, the organ will be available for transplantation.

Deceased donation:

Deceased donation can occur after an individual is declared deceased by a medical professional. In the case of deceased donation, an individual will have their organs removed and maintained for donation. Before you pass away, it is important to have a discussion with your family members about your desire to have your organs donated. By having a conversation about your desire to donate organs you can eliminate miscommunication and make sure your family understands your wishes before you pass away.

Organ Donation 101 and fast facts. Information comes from Donate Life America. You can find out more by going to the Donate Life America website.

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