Organ Donation Day 2019: Date, Significance and Some Facts About Organ Donation

Organ donation day is observed on August 13 to create awareness about organ donation. This day tries to remove the myths about organ donation from people's mind. Read here to know more about organ donation.

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Organ Donation Day 2019: Date, Significance and Some Facts About Organ Donation

World Organ donation day 2019: Organ donation can help save a person's life from organ failure


Highlights

  1. Organ donation day attempts to eliminate the myths about organ donation
  2. Organ donation can give a new life to someone in need
  3. Many vital organs can be donated which can save someone's life

Organ donation day is observed on 13 August every year. This day strives to motivate people to donate their healthy and precious organs after death to save lives. There is a huge number of population which dies due to organ failure in India. As per the National Health Portal, 500,000 people die due to non-availability of organs. Organ donation day also tries to spread information and make people aware about organ donation. It attempts to eliminate the myths and fears people have in their mind about organ donation. Organ donation can be life-changing for many. This practice can give a new life to the ones in need.

Organ Donation Day 2019: Importance

Organ donation is a gift of life. A donor can initiate to donate organs like heart, liver, intestine, kidneys, lungs and pancreas after his or her death. Later these organs can be transplanted into another person who is in urgent requirement. As per the national guidelines, anyone can be an organ donor irrespective of age, caste, religion and community. Organ donation day urges people of all communities to come forth and donate organs to save precious lives.

Also read: 10 Myths About Organ Donation

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World Organ Donation Day 2019: Liver can be donated to someone in need
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Some facts about organ donation

As per the National Health Portal, there are few facts about organ donation which everyone must know.

  • There is no defined age for organ donation but it is based on a strict medical criteria
  • In the case of natural death tissues of cornea, heart valves, bone and skin can be donated whereas other vital organs like heart, liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, and pancreas can only be donated in the case of brain death
  • After organ failure, vital organs like heart, liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs and pancreas can be transplanted into the patient to help the recipient lead a normal life
  • If someone younger than the age of 18 wants to donate organ then he or she must have an agreement of parents or guardian
  • Anyone can be an organ donor irrespective of age, caste, religion, community etc.

Also read: World Organ Donation Day: Things No One Told You About Organ Donation

A proper medical examination is required before organ donation to check whether the patient is healthy enough to donate or not. Other serious health conditions like cancer, HIV AIDS are taken under serious consideration.

Also read: Liver Transplants: 7 Things You Need To Know About Liver Transplants

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.



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