HOW TO BE A DONOR?
In Mexico, the number of organ donors is ten times less than in countries like Spain. Consequently, awareness about donations has to be increased so as to give more people the chance to live.
One person who donates his or her organs when they are no longer needed can save 7 or more lives.
Who can be a donor?
We can all be donors. Donation depends on people’s wishes; the respect of these wishes by the family, and a medical evaluation.
When we die, we’re all candidates to donate organs and tissue.
While we’re alive, we can also donate some organs and tissue, such as the kidney, part of the liver and bone marrow.
Can we all donate organs whilst we’re alive?
Adult men and women in good health and in full use of their mental faculties can be live donors.
In the case of bone marrow donation, children can be donors with the authorization of their parents or guardians.
What do you need to be an organ and tissue donor?
You must want to do it.
The voluntary donor card and forms are a way of expressing your desires, but they are not legal documents that guarantee the donation.
Share your decision to be an organ donor with your family so that, when the time comes, they respect it and authorize the donation.
Can anyone who dies be an organ donor?
The donation depends on the circumstances of the death. When the time comes, the doctors decide which organs and/or tissues can be transplanted.
To be able to donate organs, the patient must be brain dead and in intensive care in a hospital; this is the only way possible to artificially maintain the body’s organs from the time of death until they are removed.
To donate tissue, the patient must be brain dead or have suffered cardiorespiratory arrest.
One person who donates his or her organs when they are no longer needed can save 7 lives or more.
What is a cardiorespiratory arrest?
In cardiorespiratory arrest, the heart stops beating and therefore breathing -and life- ends a few seconds later.
In this case, the blood stops circulating and oxygen is cut-off from all the organs and, as a result, they cannot be transplanted. However, tissues such as corneas, skin and bones can still be transplanted.
Coma or brain death?
Brain death is the same thing as being dead, as the brain is no longer working: there is no reaction to pain, the pupils do not respond to stimulation and the patient is unable to breath by themselves. The body’s organs can be preserved artificially using a mechanical respirator.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BECOME A DONOR?
Find out more and decide
Tell your family
Ask them to support your decision