The power of organ donation to save lives
Introduction:-Organ donation and transplantation is removing an organ from one person (the donor) and
surgically placing it in another (the recipient) whose organ has failed. Organs that can be donated include
the liver, kidney, pancreas and heart.
The requirement for new organs usually arises when a person loses an organ to some accident or stops
functioning. For example, patients with acute liver cirrhosis may require a liver transplant. A liver transplant
is usually done by removing a small part of the liver from a healthy person’s body and transplanting it.
Likewise, organs like the retina of the eye, and kidneys can be donated. These organs remain functional
for a few hours after removing them from the patient’s body. In the case of a heart transplant, it must be
done immediately after removing it from the dead person’s body. However, a heart transplant can be done
only when the donor is declared brain dead by doctors.
Organ transplant dramatically depends on the availability of human organs. Organ transplantation is the
only way of saving the lives of patients who have had terminal organ failure. Patients with two
dysfunctional kidneys cannot live, so kidney transplant is necessary to keep them.
Due to the vast disparity between the availability of and demand for organs, few patients are lucky enough
to get organ transplantation, at the right time. Organ donation follows a very detailed procedure.
Isograft refers to the transplantation of organs between genetically identical Individuals. This is a safer
process. Because it runs no risk of the immune response, which leads to rejection.While transplanting an
organ, it is essential to know whether the organ matches the patient’s blood group and body. On several
occasions, it has been seen that organ transplant has failed because the patient’s body has been unable to
accept the organ from the donor.
Secondly, if a person is declared brain Dead by doctors, his family members can officially consent to
donate his organs.Such cases usually happen when a patient is desperately in need of an organ, and
delay can be fatal.Professionals must do organ transplants because it is a surgical procedure.
Organ transplantation is the only option to save lives in patients affected by terminal organ failures and
improve their quality of life. However, there is a disparity between the supply and demand of donated
organs, which leads to a loss of many lives. The number of organ transplants have gradually increased in
the last two decades and provide excellent results in children and young adults, and are challenged by the
growing proportion of elderly transplant patients with comorbidity. The results of organ transplantation
continue to improve, as a consequence of the innovations and the improvements in perioperative
management. This chapter describes organ donation and transplantation and its trends and challenges.
“Organ donation is not a tragedy, but it can be a beautiful light, in the midst of one” (Unknown). There have
been many misbeliefs about donating your organs over the years. The organ demand drastically exceeds
the available supply, which is why more people need to be organ donors. People should become organ
donors because of the limited availability of organs and the chance to save many lives. Although many
people think that if you are an organ donor doctors won’t try as hard to save your life, but that is not the
case at all. According to an article from World of Health “A wish to donate organs for transplant will not
reduce efforts to save a patient’s life.
Organ donation can also improve the quality of life of many people. An eye transplant could mean the
ability to see again for a blind person. Similarly, donating organs could mean removing the depression and
pain of others. Most noteworthy, organ donation could also remove the dependency on costly routine
There are several myths regarding organ donation which i would like to include vs what’s the actual fact:-
1.Only the deceased Can donate organs:-A Transplantation from a living donor can also be planned and
3.Doctors won’t try as Hard to save my life if I am an organ donor:-Your
Life always comes first.
-4.Only young and Healthy people can be Donors:-What matters is that You’re in good physical and
Conclusion:-Organ donation is a successive therapeutic option for treatment of end stage organ
disease.Success depends on improved surgical techniques and follow-ups.