Questions and answers from A to Z in organ donation According to Ministry of Health data, Turkey Organ and Tissue Donation Information System has registered 598 thousand 705 voluntary donors. As of October of this year, a total of 24 thousand 745 patients are waiting for organs, including 21 thousand 537 kidneys, 1903 liver, 987 heart, 72 lung, 286 pancreas.
According to the information received by the AA correspondent from the General Directorate of Health Services, organ donation is defined as the will of a person to be used in the treatment of other patients after his death, with his own free will. Anyone over the age of 18 who is mentally stable can donate organ and tissue.
Even if organ donation is made, organ transplantation is not possible after every death. For example, at home, on the street, bodies of people who died in the service of any hospital emergency room or unavailable in organ donation in Turkey. Only the organs of people with brain death can be transplanted while connected to a respirator in intensive care units.
- "Brain death should not be confused with vegetative life"
Brain death is irreversible since all brain and brain stem functions are completely lost. It is important not to confuse this situation with vegetative life. Brain death does not mean vegetative life.
In order to be diagnosed with brain death, it is necessary to apply some tests and as a result of the tests, two physicians, who are experts in their fields, whose qualifications are known within the framework of the relevant legislation, should decide whether brain death has occurred and this should be reported to the family.
- Most curious
The most curious questions and answers about organ donation are as follows:
- Which organs-tissues can I donate?
Kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, small intestine, cornea, heart valve, face and scalp, bone, extremity (arm, leg), tendon, muscle tissue, upper respiratory tract, cartilage, upper digestive tracts, skin, uterus.
- Are families allowed with or without an organ donation card?
Regardless of whether they have an organ donation card or not, families of all cases with brain death are interviewed. This meeting is carried out by the organ transplant coordinator. Without family consent, nobody's organs can be taken or used.
- Are the organs taken transplanted to everyone?
Transport operations are carried out by the National Coordination System within the Ministry of Health and all transactions are recorded and documented.
Organ distribution is made according to blood and tissue group compatibility, primarily patients with medical emergencies, among those registered in national waiting lists. There is no distinction between religion, language, race, gender, rich or poor. The identity information of the recipient and donor cannot be disclosed without the parents' consent. It is essential by law to remain confidential.
- Does advanced age or chronic illness prevent organ donation?
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