The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has more on Donor Day.
A companion article has more on how donating bone marrow can save a life.
Frequently Asked Questions
(HealthDay News) -- People thinking of becoming an organ donor usually have a host of questions. Common ones, with answers provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, include:
Who can be an organ donor?
There are no age limits. Donors range from newborns to senior citizens. Anyone younger than 18 must have a parent's or guardian's consent. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to donate or receive an organ in the United States.
Organ donors are given a donor card and are encouraged to carry it in their wallet. Some states allow the information to be included on a driver's license. In any case, make sure your family knows your wishes. Families sometimes are asked to sign a consent form when it's time for the donation to occur. Others who prospective donors may want to notify include a family doctor, lawyer and religious leader.
Who cannot be an organ donor?
People with certain medical conditions cannot donate an organ. This includes people with:
What organs and tissues can be donated?
Organs that can be transplanted include:
People who are living can donate:
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