Who can give blood?
Anyone between 18 and 65 years of age and in normal health having a body weight of 45 kg or more and a haemoglobin content no less than 12.5 gms/hundred ml can be a donor.
What diet should I follow if I am deciding to donate blood?
Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
What should I eat before going for a blood donation?
Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating.
How much blood do you take?
Blood banks take only 350 ml of blood as your gift of love.
Will I feel all right after donation?
Yes, you can go back to your normal work after 30 minutes.
How often can one give blood?
Male can donate once in 90 days, while female can donate once in 120 days.
I have heard of people fainting. Is that common?
Very occasionally a donor may faint. The most common reason is psychological and often due to rushing to get up too soon after donating. Relax and rest a little and you will be fine.
Will organ donation leave my body disfigured?
Organs are always removed with the greatest of care and respect for the person. This takes place in a normal operating theater under sterile conditions by a team of specialized doctors. Afterwards the surgical incision is carefully closed and covered by a dressing in the normal way. The operation is carried out by specialist health care professionals who always ensure that the donor is treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Can organ donation and transplantation be done at any hospital?
Organ transplantation cannot be done at every hospital. The hospitals need to have the required facilities and should also register with the government to conduct transplantations. On the other hand, the rule for organ retrieval is different. While laws in every state is different regarding retrieval of the organs, most states allow hospitals that have 20-25 beds and an ICU to conduct retrieval of the organs after the death of the patient.
Does my religion support the idea of organ donation?
It is a myth that one’s religion does not support the idea of organ donation. Donation is a noble act and none of the religions practiced in India say anything against it. If in doubt, it would be best to discuss it with your religious or spiritual leader.
What is brain death?
Brain death is a medical condition when blood flow to the brain ceases and it stops working while the rest of the organs function normally. In this condition, even though the person breathes, he is actually no more. There is no chance of recovery once a person is brain dead.
Why should I donate my organs?
After you die, your organs are wasted if you do not donate them. But by donating them, you get the chance to give a gift of new life to someone.
Once I become an organ donor, can I change my mind?
You always have the option to change your mind. You can withdraw your registration, tear up your organ donor card and let your family know that you have changed your mind.
Is it possible to pledge to donate only some organs and not the others?
Yes, it is possible to only pledge some organs and not the others. When you register with us to become an organ donor, click only on the organs that you want to donate. This will be mentioned in your donor card too.
What is the procedure of becoming an organ donor?
It is very easy to register yourself as an organ donor. You will find a simple form on our website, which you have to fill. Once that is done, you get an email confirmation and later receive your actual donor card.
Why is it so important to inform one’s family about one’s decision of donating organs?
The decision of the family is considered to be final when it comes to organ donation. Even if you have registered to be an organ donor and have a donor card with you, your family’s opinion matters the most. Hence, it is important to let your family know about your decision of donating organs after death.
How successful are organ transplants?
With advancement in the medical field, the success rates of organ transplantation have gone up. Though there are chances that the body would reject an organ, today this can be controlled, prevented and cured with the help of medicines and other medical procedures.
Which organs can be donated?
By registering for organ donation, you get the chance to save at least eight lives. You can donate your eyes, kidneys, liver, heart, pancreas as well as tissues.
When must the organs be removed after a person is declared brain dead?
When a person is brain dead, the other organs continue to work, as the person would be on life support. While the vital organs like heart, kidney, and liver have to be donated within a few hours, the corneas and tissues can be donated within 24 hours. Moreover, certain tissues can be preserved for almost five years.
Is it enough if I have a donor card?
No. Apart from registering to donate organs and having a donor card with you, it is extremely important to discuss about your decision with your family members. The decision of the family is considered to be ultimate for cadaver organ donation.
Can a living person donate the organ?
Only one of the kidneys and a part of the liver can be donated by a living donor. Moreover, live organ donation can only be done by family members and relatives.
Is organ buying and selling legal?
No, it is illegal to sell or buy organs.