In the United States alone, roughly 20 people die each day waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Every 10 minutes, a new name is added to the donor organ waitlist, with over 114,000 people currently on the list. Globally, we’ve been witnessing the shortage of organs available for transplant and the number of individuals waiting is only increasing. Whether or not you’re an organ donor, it’s important to be aware of all facts and debunk the myths you may have heard before. Below, we’ve revealed a few common questions.
Does age matter? There isn’t an age limit, as people of all ages are encouraged to donate – children and older adults need lifesaving organs too.
What about medical conditions? Anyone can sign up as an organ donor and it’s important not to disqualify yourself. If you have an illness or medical condition, you still may be able to donate – this decision is determined at time of death.
As an organ donor, would medical providers still try as hard to save my life? This is certainly a common question. If you’re admitted to the hospital for treatment, doctors will certainly try and provide the best care possible and attempt all lifesaving methods.
What about “priority” if you’re famous or wealthy? Fame and a person’s financial status are not considered factors. Rather, the list is determined by a computer system that’s operated by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. This system is regulated with policies and matches the organ donor and recipient with factors including blood type, wait time, body size, and more.
Could one donor really make a difference? One organ donor has the potential to save up to eight lives. Just by becoming an organ donor, one person could donate a heart, two lungs, two kidneys, intestines, liver, and pancreas.
What about living donors? A healthy individual could donate a kidney, part of the liver, intestine, blood or bone marrow, and lung. For a heart transplant, there unfortunately are no living donors; someone has to die in order for one to live. This is one reason in particular why BIOLIFE4D is focused on a solution for bioprinting human hearts viable for transplant.
No one deserves to play the waiting game, which is why our goal is to eliminate the challenges of organ rejection and long donor waiting lists, while increasing each individual’s quality of life. At BIOLIFE4D, we plan to create patient-specific, fully functioning hearts through 3D bioprinting. Our team is truly dedicated to perfecting the technology to make viable organ replacement safe, affordable and accessible.
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