Organ donations can save many from fatal organ failure. Most solid organ and tissue donations come from cadavers, or donors who have died. However, there are a number of things living donors can donate. You can make a difference now or later.
Behold your overlooked possessions.
Through your eyes,
you view yourself, others, and the world.
Light is refracted through the corneas of the eyes allowing for your vision.
This ability of sight is compromised or nonexistent for the blind and vision-impaired. However, tissue donations of corneas can replace unhealthy and diseased corneas that commonly cause blindness and blurred visions. Corneal transplants can preserve and restore sight.
Ears capture voices, vibrations and sounds,
allowing you to hear and listen.
Through passage of the middle ear, sound waves are transferred into vibrations.
Complications arise when ear infections block the middle ear, which can impair hearing and cause deafness. However, healthy tissue donations of the middle ear amplify sounds into the natural hearing pathway. Middle ear transplants can preserve and restore hearing.
Powered by your heart,
blood and energy pumps through you.
Electricity flows through the heart, which contracts and pumps nutrient rich blood throughout to keep your body functioning.
This complex organ is difficult to keep in good condition. There are people who reach advanced end stage heart failure, but heart replacement is possible through cardiac transplants. Although these transplants are not cures for heart disease, but can save the lives of those who would otherwise die from diseased or damaged heart and artery complications.
Life flows through your lungs
as you inhale and exhale.
Through the act of breathing, the lungs take in oxygen, which is fundamental in nourishing and sustaining your body.
Difficulties in breathing are quite common. Lung diseases are frequent worldwide due to smoking, infections, or genetics. Through lung transplants, healthy lobes of lungs can replace damaged lungs after other treatments and options have been exhausted.
Kidneys cleanse within
by regulating and filtering waste in your blood.
As blood passes through the kidneys, waste is filtered out, and body fluids are balanced and regulated.
When kidneys fail to function correctly, excessive waste build-up causes shortness of breath and unruly blood pressure. As renal function progressively fails, kidney transplantation allows for a new kidney to more efficiently filter blood and regulate urinary fluids.
Livers digest, organize and store sustenance
contained within your blood.
By digesting and filtering accordingly, the liver plays a vital role in the life-sustaining regulation of your body.
This organ is commonly damaged through prolonged alcohol consumption, viruses, medicines and toxic chemicals, and genetics. When liver function ceases and complications increase, liver transplants replace the damaged organ with a healthy functioning liver.
The pancreas sanitizes
that which is to be ingested.
As an assistant digestive organ, chemical secretions of the pancreas break down food within the intestines for nutrient absorption.
Life-threatening complications arise when essential pancreatic productions are compromised. Pancreas transplantations are valuable in treating advanced diabetes and pancreatic cancers. A healthy pancreas is implanted to regain the functioning cycle of the digestive system.
Absorb what is needed through the intestines
in order to energize and nuture yourself.
The absorbance of essential nutrients and water for your body takes place within the intestines.
Intestinal failure often leads to total parenteral nutrition, but can result in serious complications. Intestinal transplants allows for the recovery of nutrient absorbency through the implant of a healthy small intestine.