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Organ donation is the harvesting of an individual's organs after he or she dies for the purpose of transplanting them into another person. The person who gives the organs is called a donor while a person who receives the organ is called a recipient. Transplantable organs and tissues are removed in a surgical procedure following a determination, based on the donor’s medical and social history, of which are suitable for transplantation.
For organ recipients, a transplant often means a second chance at life. It allows many recipients to return to a normal lifestyle. For others, a cornea or tissue transplant means the ability to see again or the recovery of mobility and freedom from pain.
Nationally, with a population of 1.2 billion people, the statistic stands at 0.08 persons as organ donors per million population (PMP). This is an incredibly small and insignificant number compared to the statistics around the world.
Your decision to become an organ donor is a very private and personal one. To help you with your decision, there are three critical steps to follow:
Step 1.Learning:Read and learn as much as you can about organ and tissue donation. There are a lot of myths surrounding organ donation, most which are due to ignorance. Refer to our Myths vs. Facts section to clarify them.
Step 2.Discuss with family & decide: If you are less than 18 years old, then your parents consent is required for organ donation. So if you want to become a donor, it’s important to tell them that you wish to donate.
Step 3: Take Action: If you've decided that you want to donate your organs after death, it is important that you register your decision by signing up for Organ Donation. Fill the online form by clicking on the link below and submit. On successful registration, you will receive a donor card from one of our us / NGO partners. Remember to carry your donor card along with you at all times.
Step 4: Always carry your donor card:
Always carry an Organ Donor Card in your wallet. It is important for your family to be aware of your wishes as WITHOUT their consent your organs / tissue cannot be donated.
Countries like the USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands have a 'family consent' system for donations where people sign up as donors, and their family's consent is required. (These countries have seen the donations double Per Million Population averaging between 10-30 PMP). Other countries like Singapore, Belgium, Spain have a more aggressive approach of 'presumed consent', which permits organ donation by default unless the donor has explicitly opposed it during his lifetime. These countries have seen the rate of donations double, averaging between 20-40 PMP.
We understand it is difficult to think about organ donation when you have just lost a loved one; however organ donation is a generous and worthwhile decision that can save many lives. By donating, each person can save the lives of up to 7 individuals by way of organ donation and enhance the lives of over 50 people by way of tissue donation.
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