The organ waiting list in the US continues to grow, and it’s sad that there are not many organ donors in the US. If you are looking for reasons on why you may want to be an organ donor, you should check some of the successful transplantation stories. Many donor families often write a letter to a donor recipient sharing the joy of saving a life. There is a choice to donate your organs after death, and you can get yourself registered easily for that, which may require a medical assessment. If you wish to become a living donor, there would be more screenings. In this post, we are sharing more on becoming a living donor.

Understanding the basics

It is possible to donate certain organs and have a healthy, stable life. For instance, you can donate a part of your pancreas, one kidney or lung. Earlier, and even now in many countries, people often do it for a family member or someone close, but many individuals are showing their support for organ and tissue transplantation, offering to become living donors.

Who can be a living donor?

A living donor must be at least 18 years of age. The person must have compatibility with the transplant patient or recipient, and need to be in excellent health. It is possible that doctors may not consider someone to be an ideal living donor. For example, if someone has diseases like spreading cancer, HIV/AIDS, or infections like hepatitis, they cannot donate organs in most cases. Extensive medical screenings are required, as we mentioned earlier, and doctors will do all the necessary tests and diagnostic checks to ensure that the donor will have a normal/stable & healthy life going forward.

Things to remember

Organ transplant is a serious decision and a major surgery. There are always risks and complications that must be considered, and living donors must be informed of the same. Keep in mind that this is a personal and individual decision, which shouldn’t be influenced by anyone. It is also a common myth that living donors get paid. There is no legal provision or payment for organ donation, and it is considered to be voluntary.

If you cannot become a living donor, that’s completely understandable, and there is no reason for you to feel sorry. There are nonprofit organizations that run organ & tissue donor network, who need help, donations, and support from people, and you can choose to volunteer with them in many ways.