Organ and Tissue Donation 2

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thousands of Americans need an organ or tissue transplant. The problem is there are not enough donors to meet the demand. Dr. Edward Hill continues his look at organ and tissue donation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Organ and tissue donors can potentially help people through life-saving transplants and tissue grafts. Organ donors are always in short supply and there are always far more people in need of a transplant then people willing to donate.

Patients are matched to organs and tissue based on a number of factors including blood and tissue typing, medical urgency, time on the waiting list and location.

A healthy person can become a living donor by donating a kidney, or a part of the liver, lung, intestine, blood or bone marrow.

There are no age limitations on who can donate. The deciding factor is the prospective donors physical condition, not the persons age. If you are under 18 years of age, you can be a donor, but you must have consent from your parent or guardian.

Talk to your family members about organ and tissue donation so they know your wishes. Even if youve signed something, your family may be asked to give consent before donation can occur.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.