Know the Facts before Deciding on Organ Donation

Organ transplantation and tissue transplantation have become a reality that every day allows many patients to regain a better quality of life. But this hope would not have come true without the gift of organs, without the outpouring of generosity and the spirit of solidarity that animates each one of us. Organ donation is an act of accepting the removal of organs or tissues from your body, after your death or sometimes during your lifetime. These organs and tissues will be transplanted to save the life or improve the quality of life of people with serious illness.

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Oppose the Organ removal?

You want to go for Organ and Tissue Donation except your heart, for example? It’s entirely possible! The donor may choose to donate only certain organs. To do this, simply share this wish with those around you, so that they transmit the information after your death.

Donate organ while alive?

Yes, in some cases: obviously only non-vital organs are involved, for example a part of the liver, or a kidney. On the other hand, the law of bioethics in France specifies that the donation is authorized only if the donor and the receiver are very close: of the same family, or spouses or cohabitants. Each case is therefore studied on a case by case basis.

Age limit for donating organs?

No, more than age, it is the state of health of the donor and the state of the organs that matter. But in the case of a post-mortem donation, can we donate all organs? The answer is again no. First, the organs will only be removed if they are viable, which depends on the state of health of the donor at the time of death, and the circumstances of the death in itself.

On the other hand, only certain organs can be removed: the heart, the liver, the kidneys, the pancreas, the lungs, the skin, the corneas, the bones. In some cases, even the whole liver-heart-lungs are removed! And medicine continues to perfect its harvesting and transplant techniques to save more and more lives through organ donation!

Transplant and transplantation

The transplant is an operation that consists of transferring to the person concerned parts of tissue or organ taken either from oneself or from another person (skin, bone fragments, etc.) Transplantation involves the transfer of a part of an organ or an entire organ (heart, kidney, etc.), but the term graft is often used in this sense (heart transplant).

“Organ donation” and “donating one’s body”

Organ and Tissue Donation is limited to the removal of organs or tissue for transplantation and every precaution is taken to best respect the physical integrity of the deceased. Note that the law provides that the removal of organs and the suture of the body must be carried out in respect of the remains and the image of the deceased donor, with care for the feelings of the family. These are the basic matters that you should be aware of when you make the decision about the organ donation now.