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Overview of Organ Donation
Transplants for Scleroderma Patients
International Organ Donation
U.S. Organ Donation

Overview of Organ Donation

Autopsy and cadaver research are entirely separate from organ donation.

If you want to be an organ donor, in most countries it is very important to legally specify that before you die, so there is no question at the time of your death as it can be very difficult for families and loved ones to try to make this decision on your behalf when they are in the worst throes of grief.

The organs from a single body, such as heart, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, etc. can be used to improve, extend, and save the lives of a half-dozen people or so.

Organ and tissue donation does not affect the appearance of the body, so an open casket funeral is still an option.

Will donation disfigure my body? Can there be an open casket funeral? Donation does not disfigure the body and does not interfere with having a funeral, including open casket services. Donate Life.

Organ Transplants for Scleroderma Patients

Pulmonary Involvement: Lung Transplant ISN.

Renal (Kidney) Involvement ISN.

International Organ Donation

The state of the international organ trade. The shortage of organs has led to the development of the international organ trade, where potential recipients travel abroad to obtain organs through commercial transactions. World Health Organization.

United States Organ Donation

Sign Up to Be a Donor: Don't Rule Yourself Out. Doctors will evaluate the condition of your organs when the time arises. The transplant team's decision will be based on a combination of factors such as your specific illness and your physical condition to determine which organs and tissues can be donated. Organdonor.gov.

United Network for Organ Sharing. Despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the demand for organs drastically exceeds the number of organ donors. You can make the difference in someone's life by helping to increase organ donation. Discover the simple things you, your family and your co-workers can do to promote donation and help save lives in your community and at work. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Organ Donation. Transplantation saves lives, but only if you help. All you need to do is say yes to organ and tissue donation on your donor card and/or driver's license, sign up on your state's donor registry (if there is one), and discuss your decision with your family. Each day about 70 people receive an organ transplant, but another 16 people on the waiting list die because not enough organs are available. FirstGov.

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Recent Donors
See ISN News for recent donors, including memorials for
Patricia Ann Black, Gayle Hedlin, Janet Paulmenn and Lilian Stiles.
 

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