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Becoming an Organ Donor: Common Questions About Organ Donation

National Donate Life Month 2019 logoCurrently, more than 110,000 men, women and children are waiting for a new organ. And while organ donation is overwhelmingly supported – 95 percent of adults agree organ donations save lives – only 58 percent of adults are registered organ donors.

This hesitancy is caused by many different reasons – from not realizing the importance of registering to misconceptions about the organ donation process. Today, in honor of National Donate Life Month, we’re answering some of the most common questions about how and why it’s important to donate an organ. Discover the difference you can make in someone’s life.

Do Registered Organ Donors Receive Different Care?

Though it’s a common misconception that organ donors receive a lower level of care, the answer is absolutely not. Doctors, surgeons, nurses and all health care providers are trained professionals committed to improving the health of individuals and saving lives. This commitment is true regardless of age, race, ethnicity, background and status as an organ donor.

Whether or not you or your loved ones will donate organs is a conversation that will take place only after all life-saving options have failed. Care teams respect patient families and offer the necessary resources and time needed to make this important decision.

Is it Expensive to Donate Organs?

There is no cost to the donor family if a loved one’s organs are donated. Locally, LifeLink of GA assumes all expenses related to organ and tissue recovery.

How Many Lives Can an Organ Donor Save?

One organ donor can save as many as eight lives. Heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestines are life-saving donations that can improve the health and wellness of someone else and give them a second chance at life.

Which Organs Can Be Donated?

With advances in medicine and technology, the list of what can be donated continues to grow. It includes:

  • Blood and platelets
  • Blood stem cells, cord blood and bone marrow
  • Corneas (the clear part of the eye over the iris and pupil)
  • Organs – Kidneys, liver, lung, heart, pancreas and intestines
  • Tissues – Middle ear, skin, heart valves, bones, veins, cartilage, tendons and ligaments

And most recently, hands and faces have been approved for transplant.

What is Living Donation?

Living donation allows a living donor to donate certain organs (or parts of certain organs) to someone in need. Living donation includes:

  • A portion of the liver, pancreas or intestine
  • One kidney
  • One lung

Living donation is a safe way to save a life. Living donors should be in good overall physical and mental health and older than 18 years of age. Some medical conditions could prevent an individual from being a living donor. Transplant programs complete a full patient evaluation to protect both living donor and recipient health and safety. Donors are able go on to live healthy, full lives. Learn more about Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Program.

Can I Choose Where My Loved One’s Organs Go?

You’re not able to choose who receives an organ donation, except in living donation. Organ donors must believe that all life is sacred and recognize their organ may go to someone from a different background, culture or ethnicity.

How Are Organs Matched?

Organs are matched to individuals on the waiting list by several different factors. This includes blood and tissue type, medical need, time spent on the waiting list and geographical location.

How Do I Sign Up to Become an Organ Donor?

If you’re ready to save a life, register to become a donor by visiting Donate Life Georgia. You can also learn more about Emory Transplant Center and organ donation by visiting or calling 855-366-7989.

About Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center is a leader in clinical excellence and in pioneering new transplant therapies. We offer cutting-edge technology and superior outcomes in heart transplant surgery, kidney transplant surgery, liver transplant surgery, lung transplant surgery and pancreas transplant surgery.

Our patients come from all over the nation for our high level of expertise and proven patient outcomes. We are proud to be ranked among the top 12 transplant programs in the nation and have performed more than 9,000 transplants to date.

Giving the Gift of Live: Understanding Organ Donation Live Chat- April 12, 2016

organ-donor260x200April serves as National Donate Life month – raising awareness around organ donation and celebrating those who have given the precious gift of life to another. Currently more than 115,000 men, women and children are awaiting a life saving transplant. They are in need of organs, tissue, and bone marrow which can all be transplanted if donors were available, giving recipients a second chance at life. Understandably, potential donors may have reservations about organ donation.

To get the facts and learn more about organ donation, join Sharon Mathews, MS, RN, CPTC, of the Emory Transplant Center for a live chat on Tuesday, April 12th from Noon – 1PM. She will answer all of your questions about organ donation, including how many people are currently waiting for an organ, what organs can be donated, and who can donate. She will also discuss Emory Transplant Center’s living donor and paired donor exchange programs.


Atlanta: Celebrate Organ Donation with us in April!

Donate Life Month LogoApril is when we as a nation recognize National Donate Life Month. To celebrate the gift of life and organ donation here in Atlanta, Emory is hosting a number of activities and events. We take this time to honor organ donors, the families who make the crucial decision to donate a loved one’s organs, and the relatives, friends and others who donate living donor organs to transplant recipients.

Here are the activities we have planned during Donate Life Month:

Thursday, April 18, 2013 — Swing Easy, Hit Hard Charity Golf Tournament

Book your favorite foursome in this benefit golf tournament and support the Emory Transplant Center and Georgia Transplant Foundation. Event info and registration > 

(Kirk Franz, the recreation manager for the city of Johns Creek, and his family and friends first organized the Swing Easy, Hit Hard Charity Golf Tournament in 2010 to support his transplant fund. He had a lifesaving liver transplant at Emory to treat cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. Now that he is fully recovered from his transplant, he and his family (pictured below) organized a nonprofit foundation to continue hosting the event annually to benefit other transplant patients at Emory and at Georgia Transplant Foundation. The foundation helps patients like Franz raise funds for escalating medical expenses following transplantation, which the organization matches up to $10,000 in the first year post-transplant. Last year’s golf tournament raised more than $2,000 each for the Emory Transplant Center and Georgia Transplant Foundation.)

Friday, April 19, 2013 Blue and Green Day

Donate Life Month, Blue & Green Day

Flaunt your best blue and green and show your support for Donate Life’s efforts to register individuals as organ, eye and tissue donors. Wear blue and green or decorate your office or join the day’s Facebook event page. Make sure you post your pictures on our Emory Transplant Center Facebook page, too!

You can also learn more about Blue and Green Day on the Donate Life website.

Week of April 22 – 26, 2013Emory Donate Life Week

Look for information tables with staff and LifeLink of Georgia volunteers answering questions about donation on Monday and Tuesday during lunch hour outside Emory University Hospital’s Asbury Court and in the mornings on the walkway between Emory Clinic buildings A and B.

This month also gives us an opportunity to recognize and thank our neuroscience and critical care colleagues dedicated to caring for patients at the end-of-life who are potential donors. They lovingly work with donor families during a stressful point in their lives. In addition, we commend the staff that work with individuals who make the decision to become a related or non-related living donor. The donation process can be a catharsis for these donors and families, who help make renewed lives possible through transplantation.

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