Which diseases affect the possibility of organ donation?
Donors with chronic diseases Anyone with a chronic disease can also become an organ donor after brain death. In this case, after brain death, the doctors check whether the organs can be transplanted. Cancer, HIV or specific nervous disorders usually rule out organ donation.
Why should you become an organ donor?
Organ donation saves lives! Since the number of donors continues to decrease, only a few seriously ill people can be helped. 3 people die every day in Germany because they do not receive the life-saving organs in time. An organ donor can save up to 7 lives.
How do you consent to organ donation?
Consent solution: With the consent solution, organs and tissue can only be removed if the deceased person consented to organ donation during their lifetime. If consent is not given, no organs or tissues may be removed. There is no compulsion to make a decision.
How long can you donate organs?
There is no minimum or maximum age for organ donation. Since there are patients of all ages waiting for a life-saving donor organ, there is no upper or lower age limit.
How many people can be saved with an organ donation?
A donor can give heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, small intestine and both kidneys – and thus save up to seven lives. Kidneys are the most frequently transplanted, in 2011 there were more than 2000. Small intestine transplants, on the other hand, are rare. The operation was only performed six times in 2011.
Can you still donate organs at 80?
When are you too old to donate organs? There is no upper age limit for organ donation. The liver in particular, but also the lungs and kidneys, often still function well in old age. The oldest Swiss donor in recent years was 88 years old.
Can I donate a kidney to my friend?
According to the German Transplantation Act, a living donation is only permitted if the donor and recipient are related (1st and 2nd degree) or very close.
How long can you live with a transplanted kidney?
The average 1-year survival rate for heart, liver and kidney is 90 percent, after three to five years it is 70 to 90 percent. However, we know many patients who live between 15 and 20 years with a functioning donor organ.
How old can I be as a kidney donor?
A heart transplant would not take the heart of a donor older than 65 years. There is no maximum age for kidney donation.
What’s it like living with one kidney?
The kidneys ensure the excretion of metabolic waste products and toxins through the urine. They also regulate the water and electrolyte balance. Vital hormones are also produced here. Although the kidneys are in pairs, you can live with just one kidney without any problems.
What happens if I donate a kidney?
How big is the risk of not being able to survive yourself? PD dr Guido Laube: Kidney donors are usually very healthy and you can live to be a hundred years old with just one kidney. The risk for the donor is therefore extremely small, but – like any operation – of course the risk is minimal.
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