Celebrating National Donate Life Month


April celebrates National Donate Life Month. This is the time to recognize the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and basically educating the people what does it mean to be an organ donor. To begin with, being an organ donor is when you give consent that your organs or tissues will be removed and be given to someone else as a replacement of their damaged ones. An organ transplant is an operation that removes an organ or tissue from one person and places it in another. Wikimedia National Volunteer Month: What It Takes To Be Red Cross VolunteerLike us on Facebook Organ transplant can save a person’s life. Donated organs can significantly help a person’s failed organ which can improve his health to be able to perform his daily functions. Organ donation is relevant because there are always a number of people waiting for an organ transplant than there are suitable donors. It also depends on the donors’ families if they agree to donate the organ or tissue. According Organ Donation and Transplantation, there are currently around 7,000 people in UK on the active waiting list. This includes 200 children and most are in need of an organ transplant. Unfortunately, less than 7,500 people die each year where circumstances permit them to donate their organs. This is one of the reasons why people must be educated on organ donation in order to get the help needed. Campaign to promote public awareness about organ donation are seeing results as 82% of the population expressed that they wanted to donate or would considering donating their organs. Sadly though, only 50% have opened up their intention with their families. And only 45% of families in England would agree to donation if they were unaware of their love one’s decision to be a donor. Donated organs and tissues are mostly from people who have died. Other organs are from living donors because of the fact there is a shortage of organs. Apart from the benefit it brings to a patient, organ, eye and tissue donation is significantly important to the contribution of medical research. Researchers and doctors make use of donated tissues that are not a match for transplantation to conduct a study on certain diseases and finding its treatments. This guarantees a better medical care in the long run which was made possible thru organ donation. Photo: Wikimedia, Arturo de Albornoz