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Through transplantation, diseased organs and tissues can be replaced with healthy ones from another human, a donor. Nowadays, it is possible to transplant organs such as kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, and pancreas. Tissues like skin, corneas, heart valves, and bone tissue can also be transplanted. A prerequisite for transplantation is the availability of individuals who donate their organs and tissues after their death.

Something to consider following…?

Singapore has donation regulations that differ significantly from other countries. If you are not registered as a donor but need an organ donated to you, you will be lower on the waiting list compared to those who are registered.

Something to consider following…?

Most major world religions have a positive stance on organ donation and transplantation, and even encourage it. However, it is often emphasized that everything should be done with great respect for the integrity of the deceased body. There are a few religions that reject all forms of donation and/or transplantation.

Most religions are open to donations…

China is alleged to be involved in a mass harvesting of organs from prisoners – with over 41,500 registered organ transplantations lacking explanation or origin.

Stirred strong reactions…

A millionaire announced that he would bury his Bentley after his death. After much negative reaction, he revealed that it was all about raising awareness for organ donation. “People bury things that are much more valuable than cars, and no one seems to care,” said the Brazilian millionaire in a press release.

The bluff that became a success…

To raise awareness about the shortage of organ donors, a Dutch reality TV show had participants in need of a kidney compete for a donation. It was later revealed as a hoax, but within a month, 7,300 new individuals registered as organ donors, and 50,000 had requested paperwork to become donors.

Respectfully in the states…

American hospitals often fly the “Donate Life” flag (just below the American flag) to honor a successful organ donation. Families also receive a flag to honor their deceased family member.

Few want to donate organs of deceased family members…

While 69% to 75% of American adults say they would be willing to be organ donors, half of the families refuse to consent to an organ donation of a deceased family member. Families can refuse donation even when it is the deceased person’s expressed wish to donate.

Hepatitis-infected individuals can also donate…

Virtually all brain-dead patients are potential candidates for organ donation, even those with specific infections or metastatic cancer. Donors with hepatitis can provide organs to recipients who also have hepatitis; those with metastatic cancer can donate corneas.

Lower numbers in Japan…

Organ donations are significantly lower in Japan due to cultural attitudes about death. However, these numbers tend to increase with new generations.

Be part of saving 8 lives…

There are eight organs that can be donated: liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, pancreas, and small intestine. Your tissues can also improve the quality of life for many sick people. The tissues you can donate include your skin, corneas, bone tissue including tendons and cartilage, heart valves, and blood vessels.


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