If you wish to donate your organs when you die, you probably have a lot of doubts. This section answers the most common questions asked by people who have decided to “gift life”.
If I have an accident and the doctors or paramedics see that I have a donor’s card, will they leave me to die so that my organs are donated?
No. The priority of doctors and paramedics is to save people’s lives. For organ donation, brain death must have occurred and the patient must be in intensive care. This means that letting you die at the scene of the accident would be of no use for donating your organs.
What’s the position of religions regarding organ donation?
The main religions, such as Catholicism, Christianism, Judaism, Protestantism, Buddhism, etc. have said that they are in favor of organ and tissue donation, as they consider it to be an act of love and solidarity with your neighbor.
Is the body disfigured by the removal of organs for transplanting?
No. The organs are removed using a surgical procedure that does not change the outward appearance of the body. Doctors who remove organs and tissues are very careful, and the body is not disfigured, as it is treated with dignity and absolute respect.
Can someone with tattoos donate their organs?
Yes. As long as enough time has passed from the time they were tattooed to rule out the presence of any infectious disease.
What’s the difference between brain death and coma?
In a coma, the brain is still alive and continues to function although at a very low level.
In brain death or encephalic death, the brain registers no activity at all; no blood or oxygen flows into it; the pupils do not respond to stimulation; there is no reaction to pain and the patient is unable to breathe without medical assistance. They cannot recover.
Are you paid for donating organs and tissues?
No. The donation of organs is an altruistic and charitable act. Payment for a donation is illegal and punishable.
Organ trafficking, myth or reality?
A transplant is a very complex procedure in which both the donor and the recipient must be in a hospital. It requires doctors, specialized medical staff and operating theaters. Transplants are governed by law and monitored by different institutions. For all these reasons, organ trafficking would be very difficult.
Can I donate organs if I have had hepatitis?
You can be an organ donor if you have had type A hepatitis. With any other type of hepatitis, your doctor must assess the case.
At what age can you be an organ and tissue donor?
When you die, anyone can be a donor, irrespective of age.
Alive, adult men and women in good health and in full use of their mental faculties can be donors.
In the case of bone marrow donation, children may be donors with the authorization of their parents or guardians.
Can children’s organs be donated?
If a child dies, his or her parents may donate their organs. This is priceless, as they are used for transplants in children who, due to their young age, cannot receive adult organs.
How are the donated organs allocated?
To allocate an organ or tissue, the internal transplants committee of each hospital/institution is governed by Article 336 of the General Health Act, which states that for the allocation of organs and tissues of dead donors, the seriousness of the recipient’s condition, the time of the transplant, the expected benefits, the compatibility with the recipient and other accepted medical criteria are taken into account, as well as the location of the donor’s hospital or institution.
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