<ul><li>Organ donation has resulted from the advances in medical techniques that have made it a very viable choice. When the technology did not exist, it was not an issue. Today, an average of 74 people per day receive a life saving organ transplant, but at the same time, an average of 19 people die each day waiting for a transplant that never comes. </li></ul>
<ul><li>If your wish is to aid the living with an organ donation, make sure your next-of-kin and your physician know your preference. This intent should be noted on any medical or hospital records, too. A body from which organs have been removed will not be accepted for medical study. </li></ul>
BODY DONATION <ul><li>Medical schools have an ongoing need of bodies for teaching and research. The need may be especially urgent at osteopathic and chiropractic schools. No medical school buys bodies, but there is usually little or no expense for the family when death occurs. Therefore, if you live in an area where low-cost funeral options do not exist, body donation may be an economical as well as thoughtful and generous choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Most medical schools pay for nearby transportation as well as embalming and final disposition. </li></ul>
ORGAN DONATION <ul><li>You can become an organ donor by just telling your family or next-of-kin that you wish to donate your organs after your death. Your family or next-of-kin can inform a doctor or another healthcare professional in a hospital if they are asked about your wishes regarding organ donation. Simple ways to indicate your wishes are to carry an organ donor card or to sign the organ donation option on the back of your driving licence. </li></ul>
<ul><li>You can donate certain organs while you are alive. Living organ donors can donate a kidney. To become a living donor, you must give informed consent. More organs may only be donated after death (that is, kidneys, heart, lungs, heart valves, eyes, etc.). </li></ul>
<ul><li>One "con" might be that the donor does not usually get to choose who the organs go to, and perhaps an organ will go to someone of a different faith, political viewpoint or temperament than the donor. The donor has to believe that all life is sacred and that anyone who receives the "ultimate gift" of a donor organ will be grateful and be imbued with a sense of gratitude and a desire to pay it forward. You can't choose both organ donation and body donation- you have to choose one. </li></ul>The pros of organ donation are obvious: Someone who will surely die receives a new organ and has a chance at life.
<ul><li>The major cons of organ donation lie in compatibility of the donor with a recipient. Many times this is only an obstacle in live donation rather than post-mortem donation. With the large number of individuals on the waiting list for organ donation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that an average of 19 people die each day due to a shortage of organs. </li></ul>
BENEFITS <ul><li> Organ donation gives another chance at life to those people who would otherwise die. </li></ul><ul><li> It is one of the few acts for which people will remember you even after you are dead, for your merciful behavior. </li></ul><ul><li> Organ donation is a beautiful bequest that we can make happen. Since eyes can continue seeing and heart can continue beating after our death, we continue to live through someone else. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> Any person can give a new life to at least five individuals. Your eyes can give valuable sight to two individuals. Like this, your organs too, can breathe life into others. </li></ul>
Who can be a donor? A person under sixteen can donate an organ provided the parents or guardian agree to donation (age does not matter). Doctors decide in each case which organs/tissue are suitable. Organs from people in their seventies and eighties are transplanted successfully.