Importance of Organ Donation after Death

By Jo Arazi

Making the choice to donate your organs after you pass on is a gift that cannot be compared. The reason is that it is very difficult to get organs from deceased donors. A sad fact is that several people on the waiting list for organs – to receive a kidney or liver –  will die before they get one.

After you pass on, you could save numerous lives if you agree to donate your organs. In a situation where you’re confirmed legally dead, your family will be approached by a staff of OPO (Organ Procurement Organization).

They need to ask for authorization from your family to harvest your organs even if you agreed to be a donor when you were alive. They can’t do this without getting consent from your family.

Here is why it is important to donate your organs;

It is a chance to help others

Those on the organ waiting list usually suffer from diseases that affect their quality of life. Hence, they may be close to dying or living miserably. By donating your organs, you’re literally changing their lives and increasing their chances of survival.

Increasing organ waiting list

Every day, an estimated 124,000 people are on the waiting list to get an organ. Each day, about 10 extra people are added to that list.

One donor can help several people

About 8 lives can be saved from one organ donor alone. Sometimes, one donor can even improve about 60 lives.

The advantages of becoming an organ donor are numerous. Apart from it being a rewarding process, It can help your family/loved ones through the grieving process when they know you’re saving the lives of others.