Gratitude can be expressed in many different ways, most of us take a lot for granted, health, friendship, our job or even family. Our existance in the world and life itself is something to be grateful every day. We can help others to be here, alive and with their loved ones, to donate for an organ transplant is not only helping the recipient to survive, is also helping the donor fulfill his mission and honor his last wish. By donating we are instruments of life and supporters of a greater mission. What sacrifice can we offer to give a fighter the chance to live?
Think of so many things that we do every day and spend our money on. Some of them could wait or we can pass this week from doing them and give this money to a greater cause.
• A lunch, dinner?
• A coffee?
• Going to the movies?
• Buying a new pair of jeans or tshirt?
We could probably defer one of this every month and instead help to save lives by donating.
Sharing is one of the best ways to express gratitude. To help people that need a life-saving transplant is a complex task that involves a lot of people and effort. One of the most scarce resource is time and we need a lot of volunteers to develop our network, launch activities and events.
If you want to share some of your spare time in helping us , please sign up and we will be very pleased to count with you, by giving we are receiving!
All of us have a special talent that differentiate and shape ourselves as individuals.
By incorporating and mixing our talents we can achieve great things. If you have a special talent that you are willing to share with us in order to embrace our mission please let us know , we can always do better and help more people win the fight and live!
Be part of our team and make your own fundraising effort in a multi-tiered form of crowdfunding that allows you to appeal to your friends and family on to raise funds and save lives.
Rather than just making a donation, peer-to-peer enables you to leverage your network in order to expand your reach and increase donations.
Our Peer-to- Peer campaign builder provides immense flexibility for design, email and tools to engage supporters, we will provide coaching that will empower you to succeed.
The greatest gift one can give or receive is life, if you wish to donate organs or tissues you may register for living donation, or you may be interested in donating your organs after you die.
What is a living donor?
You become a living donor when you share an organ or a part of an organ for transplantation into another person.
Most living donors donate one of their kidneys or a part of their liver.
Living organ donors save thousands of lives every year by making life-saving organ transplantation possible for many people who don’t have enough time to get their chance on the waiting list. There is a lot to learn before you can decide whether donating an organ is right for you. Talk to transplant clinic staff at a hospital if you would like to learn more about other types of organ donation.
As a living organ donor, you are giving the chance to live to a transplant patient.
More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant in the United States. Many transplant candidates wait years for an organ from a deceased donor.
Only about half of the people in the United States sign up to donate their organs when they die. This number is different in every state and region, so the wait can be longer depending on where someone lives.
Every year, thousands of people get removed from the waiting list because they have become too sick to do well with a transplant.
To shorten the wait, family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers offer to be living organ donors.
Living donor transplants can help shorten or eliminate the wait for an organ by:
• Giving transplant candidates more options to plan.
• Helping kidney transplant candidates get an organ transplant before they need to begin dialysis.
Living organ donors save thousands of lives through additional transplants possible each year.
When you are a living organ donor, you can improve the chances of transplant success.
Kidneys from living donors generally have high success rates:
• More than 98% of transplanted kidneys from living donors are still working one year after transplant.
• On average, living donor kidney transplants work longer than kidney transplants from deceased donors.
On average, living donor liver transplants also have as good or better outcomes compared to liver transplants from deceased donors.
You are the only person who can decide whether living donation is right for you.
No one can make the decision to donate for you. And no one should pressure you.
Before you make that decision, learn as much as possible about living donation so you know the risks and benefits.
When you learn about living organ donation at a transplant hospital, bring family or friends with you.
Including your family or friends will:
• Help you remember what the transplant hospital staff teaches you.
• Help you think of questions to ask.
• Let your family and friends know the best way to help you.
Anyone can be a potential organ and tissue donor, regardless of age or medical condition. You’re never too old to be on the registry. The priority for medical personnel is to save the lives of their patients. Organ and tissue donation is not discussed until every lifesaving option is exhausted and death has been declared or is imminent. The doctors and nurses at the medical center are separate from those who work for the organ and tissue recovery organizations.
Organ donation and transplantation is a complex process, requiring the expertise and collaboration of thousands across the country every day. This intricate journey begins with one person – the organ donor. Join UNOS as we explore this lifesaving system from the perspective of the generous organ donor, their willing family, and the organ procurement organization on the ground.
Signup to be a donor https://www.registerme.org
The deceased donation process begins with a decision. You decide you want to help save people with end-stage organ disease by donating your organs when you die. When your time comes, perhaps decades later, your organs may be used to save many lives. People most frequently become donors after a stroke, heart attack or severe head injury.
Even though cases vary, the following describes the basic steps in donation from deceased donors.
A specialized team of EMTs and paramedics begin life-saving efforts at the scene. They also contact emergency room doctors during transport.
When the team arrives, ER doctors and nurses evaluate injuries and continue life-saving measures, including a ventilator, IV fluids, blood replacement and medicine to help the heart keep beating.
After vital signs stabilize, the patient is transferred to the ICU, where a doctor performs special tests to see how much damage has been done to the brain and organs. The medical team continues advanced life saving measures during the tests.
Brain death declared
Brain death is diagnosed as an irreversible loss of blood flow to the whole brain, causing the brain to die. After brain death, the donor’s body is supported by artificial means, such as a ventilator.
Specially trained medical practitioners from the organ procurement organization (OPO) go to the hospital to see if the patient is medically suitable for organ donation.
The doctor talks to the family about the patient’s death. Then, someone from the OPO, or specially trained hospital staff, talks to the family about donation. If the patient signed up to be a donor in his/her state or national registry, that information is shared with the family and the OPO family counselor talks to the family to explain the donation process and answer all the family’s questions. The OPO and hospital work together as a team to support the family and honor the patient’s wishes.
If the patient has not signed up in a state or national registry at the time of his/her death, the patient’s family takes time to think and ask questions before they decide. The donation decision is easier if the family has previously discussed donation.
Register to be a donor: https://www.registerme.org
The donor’s blood type, height, weight, the hospital zip code, and other data are entered into UNOS’ national computer system to begin the organ allocation process.
Appropriate candidates are found for whom the donor’s organs are the best match. Timing is especially important at this step and during recovery.
The donor is taken to an operating room, where organs are surgically removed. After that, the organs are sent to the transplant hospitals where candidates are waiting for them. The donor is treated with honor and respect throughout the donation.
After donation, the donor is taken to a funeral home, and the OPO works with the funeral director to honor the donor and donor family’s funeral wishes. An open casket funeral is possible after organ donation.
A few weeks later, the OPO sends a letter to the donor’s family, letting them know which organs were transplanted while keeping the names of the recipients confidential. Most OPOs continue to provide support to donor families, such as bereavement counseling and later, memorial events.
If donor families and recipients wish to correspond with each other further, they follow their OPO and transplant programs’ communication guidelines.