What’s the best way to celebrate National Donate Life Month in April? Become an organ donor!
According to Donate Life Ohio, more than 123,000 people across the U.S. – including about 3,000 Ohioans – are on the waiting list for organ transplants. Southeastern Med reminds you that just one donor can save or improve the lives of up to 50 people on the list by donating their organs and tissues.
Types of Donors
Donors can either be living or deceased.
Living donors are able to donate a kidney, bone marrow or a portion of the living and lobe of the lung. These type of donations may be given to a specific individual or as a non-directed donation, in which the national donor registry matches you with someone in need.
Deceased donations are typically done by people who previously registered with their state of residence to donate their organs or tissues upon death. However, next of kin can also consent to donate their family member’s organs or donations. Filling out advance directives such as a living will ensures your wishes are granted.
A third type of donation, vascularized composite allografts (VCA), involves transplanting body structures such as muscles, bone, skin, nerves and blood vessels. These groundbreaking procedures are typically used for hand and face transplants. VCA require a specific authorization separate from the general organ registry.
What Can Be Donated
Many organs and tissues of the body can be donated, including:
Southeastern Med’s Pastoral Care office is available to help you set up your living will and answer any questions you or your family may have about organ donation. Call 740-439-8190 for more information.
You can also register to become an organ donor at your area Bureau of Motor Vehicles or by visiting DonateLifeOhio.org.