Human kidneys – Two for the price of one!

Now wouldn’t that be something 드래곤 길들이기 자막 다운로드? Walking into your local grocer and simply ringing up 2 new organs when yours start to fail you. Imagine a world where you can replace your kidneys, your heart, and your liver as easily as the milk that’s gone bad in your fridge!?

Sadly, this is not the case. And the 4000+ South Africans waiting for vital organ transplants right now, don’t have that. With less than 600 transplants being done each year, many of those waiting will die before their procedure can be done. But you have the opportunity to shift that scale!

What organs can I donate?

We all know about hearts and kidneys, but did you know that these other organs can also be donated?

  • Lungs
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Heart valves
  • Bone
  • Skin
  • Corneas

As these can only be transplanted into waiting patients once you pass away, it’s important that your family knows that you’re a registered donor.

Can I sell my organs?

No. This is illegal in South Africa, and most of the world. Besides, you need them yourself!

Who checks that the donor is really dead?

It seems like a morbid question, but this really worries people. The truth is that two doctors have to carry out a series of tests independently before they can confirm that a patient is brain-dead.

Once brain-dead, the machines are used to keep the blood circulating after death so that the organs keep working. Then, the organs have to be removed quite quickly to improve the chances of success. The whole procedure takes about twelve hours.

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Will donation delay a funeral?

No. The whole procedure usually takes 12 hours or less, and is done with all respect.

How can I become a registered donor?

Visit the Organ Donor Foundation’s page here, or call their toll-free line: 0800 226 611 to register. And remember to talk to your family – let them know that you’ve registered as an organ donor. Your organs can only be used with the consent of your next of kin, so this is really, really important.