But donating an organ can expose a healthy person to the risk of and recovery from unnecessary major surgery. Immediate, surgery-related risks of organ donation include pain, infection, hernia, bleeding, blood clots, wound complications and, in rare cases, death.
What is the problem with organ donation?
A major issue in organ transplantation is the definition of death and particularly brain death. Another major critical factor is the internal tendency of a specific society to donate organs.
What are the pros and cons of organ donation?
Pros and Cons of Organ Donation
- You can save a life, possibly multiple lives. You may even save the life of someone you love.
- Your family can find comfort in knowing your organs saved others. …
- Organ donors and recipients do not have to be an exact match. …
- Medical research donation can save even more lives.
Why should I not be an organ donor?
During a study by the National Institutes of Health, those opposed to organ donation cited reasons such as mistrust of the system and worrying that their organs would go to someone not deserving of them (e.g., a “bad” person or someone whose poor lifestyle choices caused their illness).
Do organ donors get free cremation?
The organ donation choice is usually indicated on a driver license. However, organ donors do not automatically get a free cremation. Free cremation is offered to those who register to donate the entire body to science, not simply agree to allow the harvesting of life-saving organs at time of death.
What is a high risk liver donor?
A donor who was in prison, used IV drugs or had sex with a high-risk partner within the past year. These donors may have a higher risk of transmitting HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B. We test for these viruses, but if the patient has recently become infected the test may not detect them.
What is a high risk kidney donor?
These kidney donors are called Centers for Disease Control “increased risk” donors. The donors are called “increased risk” because of recent behavior—such as intravenous drug use or having gone to prison—that might have exposed them to a virus. We are not talking about kidneys that we know are infected with HIV.
Who pays for organ donation after death?
There is no cost to the donor’s family for organ or tissue donation. Hospital expenses incurred prior to brain death declaration and funeral expenses after the donation are the responsibility of the donor’s family. All costs related to donation are paid for by the organ procurement organization.