Tuesday, July 3

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!


Q: Who can be a donor?
A: Anyone can sign up. If you are below 18, you will need parental/guardian consent.

Q: What is organ donation?
A: It is the gift of one’s body parts after death for transplantation. Transplantation is an operation which replaces diseased and defective organs and tissues with healthy ones from donors.

Q: What are the organs and tissues that can be donated?
A: Kidneys, heart, liver, lungs and pancreas are the organs that can be donated, and the tissues are eyes, bone, skin and heart valves.

Q: When are the organs and tissues removed?
A: When death has been confirmed by two registered doctors. The doctors involved with certification of death are not involved in the transplant operation.

Q: Will my hospital treatment be affected if they know that I am a donor?
A: Absolutely not. Doctors will undertake every known measure to save your life right till the end.

Q: What about religious objections?
A: Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism recognise organ and tissue donation as the ultimate act of charity and benevolence.

Q: What if I change my mind?
A: If at any point you decide against donating your organs and tissues, inform your family and return your donor card.

Q: Will organ donation delay funeral arrangements?
A: Not at all. Following the removal of the organs and tissues, the body will be cleaned, draped and returned to the family within the shortest possible time.

Q: How can I become a donor?
A: Complete a donor pledge form and forward it to the National Transplant Resource Centre. You will receive a registration card from the centre. (Inform your family that you are an organ and tissue donor).

For further information, contact the National Transplant Resource Centre, Kuala Lumpur Hospital, at
tel: 03-9260066, 03-2942704 or 03-2942756.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/20070702084739/Article/index_html

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