What is organ donation?

Katrina Bramstedt, PhD
Health Education
Organ donation is the process of removing an organ from a living or deceased donor and giving it to a patient who needs it by way of a transplant surgery.  The premise of organ donation is altruism; that is, organs are gifts from one person to another (they are not bought or sold).

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Organ Transplants & Health Care

Organ Transplants & Health Care

Organ transplants involve removing a diseased organ from an ill patient and replacing it with a healthy one from an altruistic deceased or living organ donor. To be eligible for an organ transplant, you must be evaluated by a medi...

cal team for suitability. If you decide to become an organ donor, it is important to inform your family and put those wishes in writing.
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