You may be thinking about donating an organ to a family member or friend. Or you may want to donate an organ to help someone in need. Donating an organ while you're alive is called a "living donation."
Many people who are ill need an organ transplant to live. But there are a lot more organs needed than are available. One problem is trying to match a donated organ with the body of the person who gets the organ. Blood tests can show how good the match will be. No two bodies are exactly the same. But the better the match, the better the transplant will work.
Make sure to think about how donating an organ may affect your emotions. If you're thinking about being an organ donor, you will be asked if you understand how it may affect you and your family. You will also be asked if you understand how it may affect your health and if you feel at all pressured to donate an organ.
For many people, making a living organ donation can be rewarding. After a successful transplant, most donors feel a special sense of well-being because they may have helped save a life.
If you're interested in donating organs or tissues, or if you want to learn more, contact the Canadian Society of Transplantation at www.transplant.ca.
Living donors can donate:
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Current as of: August 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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