A transplant is a surgical procedure in which the proffesionals replace a sick organ for a healthy one. It can save the patient or improve his quality of life. If you are interested in being an organ donor, there are some basic things you must know:
–Which organs can I donate?
Kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart and lungs. In addition, tissues like corneas and heart valves can also be obtained. There is another option: being a bone marrow donor.
– What is the lifespan of the organs after being removed?
Once the organs are obtained, have the next period of life: the bones last for months, corneas about 14 days, the kidneys 12 hours; heart, lungs and liver from 4 to 6 hours.
– What is a tacit consent?
It happens when the person did not manifest in life a refusal to donate his organs. In this case, a family member could give the consent.
– Can I donate my organs and, at the same time, my body to science?
No. In the surgical procedure that is carried out for the donation, it is imperative to make the extraction of arteries and veins. Therefore, to preserve the body to study is impossible.
– Can I choose not to donate my organs?
If you don’t want to be an organ donor, you can also sign an express recognition.