More than 123,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant. Becoming an organ donor today can save someone’s life tomorrow.
Who can become a living donor?
There are a few requirements that need to be met before becoming a living donor. You must be between the ages of 18 and 60 years old. Living donors must be physically fit, in good health, should not have diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, or any other chronic health conditions. The prospective donor is carefully evaluated by lab tests, a physical examination, and a psychosocial examination, to make sure he or she is certain about their decision in becoming a donor.
What can be donated:
Organs that can be donated are your kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, and intestines.
Tissues that can be donated are corneas, skin, veins, the middle, ear, and heart valves.
Blood stem cells donors must have a closely matched tissue type or human leukocyte antigen. Here are three types of blood stem cells that healthy donors can donate such as, marrow, cord blood stem cells, and peripheral blood stem cells.
Blood and Platelets
Blood can be used whole, or separated into packed red cells, plasma, and platelets. If a patient needs platelets instead of blood then the platelets within the matching donor’s blood will be separated from the blood. The donor’s body will replace the missing platelets from their blood within a few hours.
Types of Living Donations:
Benefits of Being a Living donor:
• Saving someone’s life
• The ability to comfort grieving families
• Improved quality of life for the recipient
More than 6,000 living donations occur each year. One in four donors are not biologically related to the recipient. Become a living donor today.