What is organ donation?
Organ donation is the process of surgically removing an organ or tissue from one person and placing it into another.
What organs and tissues can be transplanted?
Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Heart, Lung, Intestine, Cornea, Middle Ear, Skin, Bone, Bone Marrow, Heart Valves, Connective Tissue, Vascularized composite allograft (transplant of several structures that may include skin, bone, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue).
Who can be an organ donor?
People of all ages should consider themselves potential donors. When a person dies, he or she is evaluated for donor suitability based on their medical history and age.
If I agree to donate my organs the hospital staff will not work hard to save my life.
The focus of the doctor will be on saving your life. The doctor and the hospital have nothing to do with transplantation.
Organs will be removed even if you are in a coma.
Organs are never removed till the person in brain dead, which is irreversible.
My family will be charged for the cost of retrieval
Donation has no costs.
The body will be disfigured.
There will be no alteration to the body except for a scar where the organ has been removed.
My religion does not allow it.
All religions consider organ donation to be a great and charitable service.
The Organ Donation Process
â€‹There are many websites on which one can register as an organ donor for eg:-
to name some of them.â€‹
Once you register your wish on any of these websites, you can download and print your donor card which will state your consent to having your organs and tissue made available for transplantation upon your death. You can also specify which organs you would like donated.
â€‹This card is not a legal document, but an acknowledgement of your wish to donate your organs. Remember that your family and dear ones would be the ones who will give the final consent. They need to be kept informed of your wishes as well.
â€‹Once registered you need to confirm your pledge by clicking on a confirmation email. Please note your pledge can also be deleted at any time if you so wish.
â€‹On death the family or person who has legal authority to do so has to sign the consent form before the organs can be harvested which has to be done within a few hours of death. The body is treated with dignity and will be returned to the family in a proper manner for funeral arrangements.
â€‹Sometimes your life takes a twist.
August 26, 2017 | Michelle
We all have some ideas, dreams, aspirations of what we would like to be when we grow up. More often than not life takes us down a different path. We change as we go along and our heroes and likes and dislikes change as well
I for one never in my wildest dreams thought I would grow to love 'running so much.
I never thought I would become an 'ultra marathoner'. I never even knew such a term existed.
I did not dream of getting my name in record books.
I was not one who liked outdoor sports or even exercising.
I got married and gave birth to two absolutely awesome children. My whole focus was on my family.
AND THEN CAME MY TWIST.........................................
To lose my post delivery weight I joined a gym and began working out. What was a chore at first soon became increasingly enjoyable. I enjoyed feeling fit and pushing my body to greater limits.
From running on a treadmill to getting your name in the Guinness Book Of World Records was not easy and did not happen overnight. There were many little goals on the way, a higher envelope to be pushed as I got better and stronger. You question yourself and what you are doing but I did not doubt that I could do it.
"AND IT MUST FOLLOW AS THE NIGHT THE DAY". (Hamlet, Act I, Scene III).
Now for a new twist...........................................................
I support 'Organ Donation'.
Okay, that is great, I am sure a lot of others do it too.
What I intend to do is use this blog as a forum to extend my message asking people to donate their organs and tissues after they die.
It is not that I have achieved all that I set out to do in becoming an 'Ultra Marathoner'; far from it.
There will be many more objectives that I would like to aim for.
It is something that I believe is the need of the hour
I BELIEVE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE