World Organ Donation Day 2023

World organ donation day
13 Aug 2023
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World Organ Donation Day 2023

    World organ donation day is observed on the 13th of August every year. The aim of observing this day is to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and encourage people to do the same. Our modern world today has made it possible to save lives using organ donation. The need for organ donors is much greater than those who donate. Today, let's learn and educate others about the importance of organ donation.


    History And Significance Of This Day


    World Organ Donation Day, observed annually on August 13th, holds a history of global collaboration and carries profound significance in healthcare. Initiated through the advocacy of Dr. Rafael Matesanz and endorsed by international medical bodies, this day serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of organ donation. Its roots trace back to the 1990s when the concept of a dedicated day gained traction, leading to its establishment on October 12th by the Council of Europe. In 2010, it was rescheduled to August 13 to honor Dr. Matesanz's contributions. This day raises awareness about the critical need for organ transplants, honors donors and recipients, and encourages individuals to become donors, embodying the essence of selflessness and hope. Its significance lies in its ability to transcend borders, bringing together diverse cultures and communities in a shared commitment to save lives and enhance the quality of life for countless individuals through the extraordinary act of organ donation.


    The Gift Of Life: Why Organ Donation Matters


    Organ donation is a remarkable act of compassion and generosity, enabling individuals suffering from life-threatening conditions to regain their health and lives. Donating organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and more can transform the lives of recipients who may be on the brink of despair. The transplant of a healthy organ can mean the difference between life and death for someone in need, offering them the chance to enjoy moments they once thought were lost forever.

    What Is Organ Donation? 


    Organ donation is a process by which an organ or tissue is surgically removed from one person (donor) and placed inside another (recipient). Organ donation often brings in a new hope for a chance at life for the recipient. 

    Who Can Donate An Organ? 


    People of all ages can become donors irrespective of caste, community, and religion. However, a person has to be free from chronic conditions like HIV, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, etc., to become a donor. If the person is aged below 18, then consent from a parent or guardian is needed. Donating organs can have some adverse effects also like donating a kidney can have some side effects.


    Types Of Organ Donations


    1. Living organ donations: In a living organ donation, a live person donates an organ to the recipient waiting to get an organ from a deceased donor (dead donor). For example, a living donor might donate one kidney or a portion of their liver or pancreas to the recipient. It is of two types

    • Directed living organ donation: In a directed donation, the donor directly donates the organ to a specific recipient. The donor might be a first-degree relative (parents, siblings, or adult child), a blood relative (uncle, aunt, or cousins), or a person who knows the recipient but is not biologically related (spouse, co-worker, neighbor, or friend).
    • Nondirected organ donation: In this case, the donor is not linked to the recipient and doesn’t know them. In this, organ donation is made based on medical compatibility.


    2. Deceased organ donation: It is essential to remember that deceased organ donation must be made only after all possible attempts to save the patient have been made. 


    Did You Know One Deceased Organ Donor Can Save Up To Eight Lives? 


    • Kidneys: Can save the life of two patients by freeing them from dialysis.
    • Liver: Can be donated to two people by splitting it among two patients.
    • Lungs: Two donated lungs can give life to two people.
    • Heart: Can give one person a second chance to live
    • Pancreas: It can give life to one person.


    By donating these one organ donation can save the life of many people.

    Organs And Tissues That Can Be Donated


    The organs and tissues that a person can donate include


    • Kidney
    • Liver
    • Heart
    • Pancreas
    • Lung
    • Intestine
    • Skin
    • Cornea
    • Middle ear
    • Bone
    • Bone marrow
    • Heart valves
    • Connective tissues


    Organ Donors Make Better Lives


     It is a personal choice whether to become a donor or not. But organ donation is a noble deed. This World organ donation day 2023, creates awareness of the importance and need of organ donation. Inspire people by motivating them to participate in organ donation. Educate your friends and family about the importance of organ donation and how it can give someone a second chance at life. Donate Organ - ‘Be a symbol of hope for those waiting.

    Written by
    Dr Archana GuptaMedical Content Writer
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