Organ donation is defined as transferring organs or tissue from a living or deceased donor, to a patient in need of a transplant.
The most common donated organs include: kidneys, lungs, hearts, livers, skin, pancreas, intestines, corneas, bones, cartilage, and heart valves.
Although it may sound intimidating, living donation is a very popular form of organ donation. This is when a family member or anonymous person donates some of their organs. Because the person is still living, the organs able to be donated are limited.
- Kidney (one)
- Liver (part)
- Lung (one)
- Pancreas (part)
- Intestine (part)
The most popular form of organ donation is deceased donation. If someone is a registered organ donor as soon as they are declared dead, thier organs can be donated. If a someone is not a registered organ donor, their family can decide whether or not they want the organs to be donated. Deceased donors are able to donate all their organs, or whatever organs the family is comfortable with.
- Heart valves
- Middle ear
Although organ donation may sound scary, it's important to spread the word. Many people are uneducated on organ donation causing only 40% of Americans to be registered donors. Along with that, only certain countries and religions allow organ donation.
After looking into it, i learned almost no schools talk to the students about organ donation and how it works. Although students don't need to know everything, it's important that they know that it's an option. I think if high school courses talk about organ donation, it will allow high school students the option to register to be donors and spread the word.
As an infant, Khalieghya was diagnosed with biliary atresia, meaning she had a blockage in the tubes that carried bile from her liver to her gallbladder. Doctors performed the Kasai Procedure to connect the bile ducts together, however, the surgery was unsuccessful. It soon became clear that baby Khalieghya needed a liver transplant to survive. Khalieghya was put on the national transplant waiting list for a liver, but her mother worried that she might get bumped by a case considered more severe. Khalieghya was five months old when her family received word that they had found a liver match. Khalieghya is just like other kids. She is able to live a normal life, and takes only one small dose of anti-rejection medication twice a day.
Khalieghya's story is courtesy of Donor Network West, San Ramon, CA (formerly California Transplant Donor Network, Oakland, CA). "A Chance to Be Just Like Other Children." Khalieghya, Liver Recipient Story. HRSA, n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2017.
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My name is Zara Weiss and I'm in 7th grade. I decided to research organ donation because I think it's something that can save many lives and is becoming more popular. I want to educate my community on organ donation because I think it's important for them to know that it's a possible option for them, and is very easy to become a part of. I hope by sharing what I have learned, I can help save lives aind make the world a better place.
Hi, my name is Cole Little and I picked this topic because I'm passionate about helping people who are less fortunate than me. I am in 7th grade at Hill Counrty Middle school, and I'm have been studying organ donation. I hope by donating to Donate Life Texas, I can achieve my life long goal of helping others.
The foundation Donate Life Texas started in 2002 and has been helping thousands over the state. This foundation was started by a member of Texas legilative branch Glenda Dawson. When she started this she had the intention to give organs to all who needed them, and cared deeply about the project. With over 9,000,000 participants, Donate Life Texas has become a great and trusted foundation. Sadly Glenda can't see this for herself since her death in 2006, but this is how she would of wanted it, one of her coworkers states “she was a delight to work with”. They have since been partnered with the Department of Moter Vehicles, and the Texas Department of Safety. They are continueing to grow with more and more donations everyday. We hope you can take the time today to donate to this phenomenal organization, and to help save the lives of people all around the world.
Morw information about Donate Life Texas: https://www.donatelifetexas.org/
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