Are You an Organ Donor?

Are You an Organ Donor?
05 August 2019
It’s Organ Donor Month. Have you signed up to be an organ donor? Here’s why you should:

Become an organ donor:

Your life is an unfolding legacy, that enriches the world. Your family, friends, and loved ones are lucky to have you! But, what happens to that legacy once you’re gone? Of course, it’s not a topic many people are comfortable talking about, but there are certain things you can do, to help others, even when you’re no longer here. One of those great things to do is to sign up and become an organ donor.

Organ donation in SA

Did you know? Signing up to become an organ donor is a simple, online process, and the Organ Donor Foundation handles the entire process. You do not need to undergo any medical tests to become an organ donor, and once you’re signed up, you’ll receive an Organ Donor card and a sticker that informs people of your wishes.

Tell your loved ones

Once you’re all signed up, let your family know that you wish to have your organs donated, upon the event of your death. Family members need to know this, especially, so that the process of organ donation can take place quickly.

What are the benefits of organ donation?

When you sign up to become an organ and tissue donor, you sign up to create a legacy far beyond your own life. You can save 7 people’s lives by donating your kidneys, lungs, heart, liver, and pancreas. And, you can potentially save a further 50 people’s lives, by donating your corneas, skin, bone, tendons, and heart valves. That’s a potential 57 lives changed or saved, simply through one person becoming an organ donor. Now that’s a legacy you can be proud of!

Why is organ donation important?

Donated organs are used to save lives. There are approximately 4300 people on the organ and cornea transplant waiting list in South Africa. You can learn more about the process and recent statistics on organ donation in South Africa on the Organ Donor Foundation website.

LifeDoc Can Help

For more information on how to become an organ donor, ask your doctor. Make that appointment, and take your notes using LifeDoc™. LifeDoc ™ can help. LifeDoc ™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, remember medical appointments, and securely stores your personal medical history. Stay up to date with LifeDoc™ on Facebook and Twitter.