What stops you from being a Life Donor?
According to UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing, www.unos.org) as of 5 pm, November 27, 2017, there are 116,115 patients awaiting a life-saving donation of an organ. And every 10 minutes, one more patient is added to the list....
Unfortunately, for me it is too late in life that I have come to be aware about the life-saving gift of organ donation – becoming a Life Donor. Had I known what I know now, I believe that I would have volunteered to be a Life Donor. Nevertheless, I have done what I can. I signed a Living Will and communicated my wishes to my family, I have it registered with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), Donate Life Virginia (www.donatelifevirginia.org), and all my doctors have copies. My drivers license carries the symbol of organ donation, and I carry a record information card with my Virginia Life Donation center’s donor number. Thus, even I have an accident far away from home, doctors and the Rescue Squad will know what to do.
Each and every life is precious to their family, friends, society at large, and under the eyes of God. Each merit the chance to live a fruitful and productive life, surrounded by their families, friends, and neighbors – If only we are willing to become Life Donors. One organ, tissue, and eye donor can save and heal up to 75 lives!
Be now, or after death, a Life Donor. For life is the precious gift with which we have been endowed -- Life to be treasured and celebrated, life to be nurtured and enriched, and, yes, life to be shared!
For the truth is -- We do not live to ourselves. Alive and dead, we still are God's beloved children.
If I register to be a donor, how can I be sure that I’ll really be dead when organs and tissues are recovered?
Organ donation is only accepted following the declaration of death by a doctor who is not involved in transplantation. In order to donate organs, a patient must be declared brain dead, or in cases where a family requests withdrawal of ventilator support, declared dead by cardiac criteria. Brain death is the complete and irreversible loss of all brain function, includ...ing the brain stem and therefore, the patient has NO CHANCE OF RECOVERY. To be a legal determination, Virginia Code requires two physicians to make this declaration based on clinical exams and nationally accepted brain death testing methods. The first and foremost job of healthcare professionals at any hospital is to do everything they can to try and save your life. It is only after all of these efforts have been exhausted and death has been declared that organ, tissue and eye donation would even be considered.
If I become an organ donor, would hospital staff let me die to harvest my organs?
If you are sick or injured, and an Ambulance or the Rescue Squad must be called in, or if you are admitted to a hospital, the one and only ethical and medical priority is to save your life, to restore you to health, and to provide medical care according to the directions you may have established by signing an Advanced Medical Directive. Period.
Organ donation doesn't become a possibility until all lifesaving methods have failed. Top hospitals and other health related organizations involved in organ transplantation are regulated and the medical records are generally open to evaluation and research. Plus, perhaps with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, just one word, “Lawyers.”
How many individuals would benefit by one single organ donor?
Up to eight individuals may benefit by one deceased organ donor. Living organ and tissue donation generally are limited to one donor, one recipient. Because whole blood, and certain cell types can be donated regularly, over the life of a single donor, tens and hundreds of lives may be saved. Become A Life Donor!
What religions say about organ donation?
Except for a very few religious organizations, virtually all religions approve of organ and tissue donation as representing the highest humanitarian ideals and the ultimate charitable act.
Christian stewardship of life supports and encourage organ donation, both as a living donor and after death....
For a fairly extensive list of religious views about transplantation, you may check https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/religion-organ-donation
How can I start sharing life as a Life Donor?
The easiest way to start is by donating blood, for blood is a complex, living tissue that contains many cell types and proteins. To donate blood, you need to be at least 17 years of age, be in good general health, and weight at least 110 lbs. You may donate whole blood and certain cell types. For more information, you may visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood, your local hospital or veteran health center. Be a Life Donor!
What are the requirements to become a living organ donor?
Generally, live organ donors should be between the ages of 18 and 65 years old. You should not have any major medical or psychiatric illness and you must not be pregnant. You should not be overweight, although you may still be a potential donor if you lose weight. If you smoke, you must quit for six weeks prior to surgery. You also must understand the risks of this surgery and comply with instructions for follow-up medical care, and be evaluated and tested for compatibility at a transplant center.
How can I become a Life Donor?
You can be a Life Donor in the here and now, and even beyond the grave, by
• Deciding that you are willing to share your most precious gift – Life
• Considering starting by donating blood or blood products, if you are not ready to consider live or after death organ donation
• Communicating your willingness to a potential beneficiary, to any organ donation organization, hospital transplant center, and your immediate relatives and friends...
• Signing a Virginia Advance Health Care Directive and registering it with the Virginia Registry.
• Making copies of your Advance Directive and sharing them with immediate family members and your Primary Care Physician
• Liking “The Life Donor” Facebook page!
What it means to be a Life Donor?
Life is meant to be enjoyed, celebrated, and shared.
We enjoy life by living wholesome and healthy lives; by fostering caring and healthy relationships; by concerning ourselves for the environment and the care of our planet; and by sharing life through organ donation today, and even beyond the grave.
What is Stewardship of Life?
Stewardship of Life is based on the belief that Life is a Gift with which we have been endowed. Stewardship of Life extends beyond the usual understanding of time, talent, and treasure to encompass our whole life, body, soul, and spirit – in the here and now, and even beyond the grave.
• Life is meant to be celebrated in its richness and diversity
• Life is meant to be lived wholesomely and sensibly
• Life is meant to be shared today and even beyond the grave.