Organ donors are an incredibly important part of the healthcare system, and there are never enough for the amount of people who need transplants. Being selected as the recipient of a new organ is a special privilege, and it is important to be acutely aware of all of the risks, benefits, and processes that are associated with organ transplants, from the perspectives of both the donor and the recipient. If you or are loved one are currently waiting on an organ donor, there are many facts about the transplant process that you should know.
1. Organs Can Come from Many Sources
Many people erroneously believe that organ donation can only occur if someone else dies and chooses to donate their organs. It is also possible to transplant an organ from a healthy person, under the right circumstances. Most countries have a database of organ donors, and people can indicate their organ donation status on their driver’s license card. In order for that donation to occur, however, potential donors must meet certain criteria. Although both living and deceased donors can be of any age, they must pass a medical screening to verify that they are a good match and are not passing on any diseases that could make the recipient sick.