Organ Donation 2

Friday, January 07, 2011

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

Dr. Hill:

Organ and tissue donors can potentially help several people through life-saving transplants and tissue grafts.

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

Certain kinds of transplants can be done using living donors. Almost 50 percent of all kidney transplants are performed with living donors. New technology allows doctors to transplant a portion of a living adults liver to a child needing a liver transplant. A portion of lung or pancreas can also be transplanted from a living donor.

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.