Organ Transplants can save lives and give better quality of life to those suffering with end stage organ failure. Organ donation is giving an organ to someone who needs an organ transplant. Heart, lung, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small bowel are the solid organs that can be donated to be transplanted.
This can be of two types.
Whilst you are still alive you can choose to donate a kidney, or sometime a small part of your liver. These are the only two organs that you can donate as a Live Donor.
One deceased organ donor can donate
You can also donate tissues including cornea, tendons and long bones etc. to benefit fifty (50) more people.
Having a medical condition does not always prevent you from becoming an organ donor. At death, a qualified doctor responsible for your care will decide whether some or all organs are suitable for transplant. But, there are a few conditions that will exclude you from donating organs.
We can only use your organs and tissue with your consent. To give us your consent, you should:
Putting your name on the National Organ Donor Registry makes it easier for all concerned to know your decision and your relatives to follow them. If your decision is not clear, we will ask the person closest to you what they think you wanted. You should make sure they know your views on donation.