Deceased Donor Related Transplant
1.What Organs and Tissues can a Deceased donor donate?
If different organs and tissues are in medically fit conditions, following organs and tissues can be donated:
|Two kidneys||Two corneas|
|Two lungs||Cartilage / Ligaments|
2.What are the reasons for time delays in deceased organ donation?
Confirmatory tests for brain death have to be done twice within an interval of six hours between the tests. Once consent for organ donation has been obtained, coordinating the process of organ retrieval takes time.
Organ retrieval from deceased donors involves many hospitals , and transplant teams should ensure that the donated organs match as perfectly as possible with the recipient. If it is a medico-legal case, a post-mortem has to be performed and this involves both the police as well as the Forensic Medicine department.
3. If my family refused cadaver organ donation, will my treatment be affected?
No. Even though your family refuses for organ donation, the treatment will be carried out as per the clinical condition. Organ donation process is never linked with your appropriate treatment.
These two are separate entities. A completely different team work, for donation. Also, doctors involved in transplant operation are never involved in the donation process from the family of potential donor.
4.Can I be sure doctors will try to save me if I am registered as a potential organ donor?
Yes, its Health professionalӳ duty to save life of patient first. Despite of all efforts, if the patient dies, organ and tissue donation can then be considered and a completely different team of retrieval and transplant specialists would be called in.
5.Is it possible that I can express my wish to donate organs to some people and not to others?
No. Organs and tissue cannot be accepted unless they are freely donated. There is no such conditions that can be accepted in terms of potential recipients. You can express your wish to donate specifically which Organ &/or Tissue, you want to donate.
6.What, if I had pledged to donate Organs, but my family refuses?
In most situations, families agree of donation if they knew that was their loved oneӳ wish. If the family, or those closest to the person who has died, object to the donation when the person who has died has given their explicit permission, either by telling relatives, close friends or clinical staff, or by carrying a donor card or registering their wishes on the NOTTO website, healthcare professionals will discuss the matter sensitively with them. They will be encouraged to accept the dead personӳ wishes. However, if families still object, then donation process will not go further and donation will not materialize.