At the end of 2015, Wei Laobo, an old scavenger who moved all over Hangzhou, used most of his savings to donate money to help students. After his unfortunate death, his children discovered that his father had signed the consent form for body and organ donation before his death.
During his lifetime, he was miserable and used his savings to donate money to help students. After that, he still burned out his body to give hope to others. Wei Laobo’s deeds touched many people.
In fact, like Wei Laobo, there are not a few people who are still willing to donate themselves behind him and have saved many lives.
Since organ transplantation was applied clinically in the sixties and seventies of the last century, organ transplantation has become an important means to save end-stage patients.
As of March 6, 2016, China has successfully realized 6,529 cases of voluntary organ donation after the death of citizens, and has treated 17,464 patients with organ failure. More than 10,000 critically ill patients struggling on the line of death have been given the chance to survive through organ transplantation.
This is a series of very encouraging figures, but compared with other countries, China’s supply and demand gap is still very large.
In traditional culture, the remains of the deceased are always sacred and inviolable. It is disrespectful to remove organs after a person’s death.
However, with the development of society, more and more people begin to reflect: it is always said that people die like lights go out. If their own lives are lost, organs can also save the lives of several other people and be reborn in others. Can it also be regarded as a continuation of life? Can it give greater comfort to relatives?
Accompanying the reflection, there are more questions: Is what an organ donation? Will the body of donated organs be dissected? What should I do if I want to donate?
What is an organ donor?
When a person dies, well-functioning organs or tissues are donated voluntarily and free of charge to treat patients who need organ transplantation due to organ failure, so that they can continue their lives and improve their quality of life.
This is the meaning of organ donation.
Is there no whole body for organ donation?
Many people will misunderstand that organ donation after death means that the body will be used for medical research and dissected. This confuses organ donation with body donation.
Donation of human remains is generally used by donors to donate their human remains to medical units or medical colleges for scientific research and teaching.
Organ donation is only to remove usable organs after a person dies to save the lives of others. At present, organs that can be transplanted include heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, small intestine, etc.
In the donation process, doctors adopt strict surgical standards and will remove the corresponding organs under the witness of the human organ donation coordinator. After the operation, doctors will carefully sew up to maintain the appearance of the body and will not damage the body and body of the deceased.
What should I do if I want to donate organs?
Within the territory of the People’s Republic of China, a person with full capacity for civil conduct who has reached the age of 18 voluntarily donates organs free of charge after his death for the treatment of patients with organ failure can register for human organ donation according to relevant procedures and become an organ donation volunteer.
The methods of registration include:
Fill in and submit < < China’s Voluntary Registration Form for Human Organ Donation > > at the nearest registered organ donation management institution;
Log on the website of China Human Organ Donation Management Center (www.china-organdonation.org.cn) for online registration;
Submit < < China’s Voluntary Registration Form for Human Organ Donation > > to the registration authority by mail, fax, etc.
At present, the second method, that is, online registration, is more convenient for most people.
Register online on the website of China Human Organ Donation Management Center, enter the homepage of the website, and select I want to register.
After the website confirms that you need to register for donation, you will be asked to fill in a form, mainly including personal information, contact information, etc. At the same time, you can choose to donate all or part of the organs you are willing to donate behind you.
After filling in, a volunteer registration card for human organ donation in China will be generated, which can be mailed or printed electronically.
Can you donate if you have the will?
Registered as an organ donation volunteer, It is only a formal form to express your willingness to donate. Whether the donation can be finally reached, At that time, doctors are required to evaluate the organ function, and organ donation coordinators will solicit the opinions of family members (spouses, adult children, parents) in writing. Donation can only be finally implemented after the family members have unanimously agreed in writing.
Before that, you may withdraw or change your donation intention at any time.
Answer several concerns:
1. In the event of an accident, will medical staff give up treating organ donation volunteers?
No. Medical staff take saving the dead and helping the wounded as their bounden duty. Whether they are volunteers for organ donation or not, they will not affect the medical treatment received by patients before their death. The process of organ donation will only start after the doctor has made a clear diagnosis of death. Whether to implement it or not still requires the consent of family members.
2. Will the personal information of volunteers be leaked?
According to the description on the website of the China Human Organ Donation Management Center, the personal information of volunteers will be strictly protected, and the staff can only have access to the personal information of registrants due to work needs and under authorization.
In addition, if donation is carried out, no donor information will be disclosed to the public or the media without the consent of the deceased’s family members.
Can organs be donated to designated persons?
No, China’s distribution principle is that all donated organs must be distributed through China’s human organ distribution and sharing system.
Moreover, the donor and the recipient do not know each other’s information. However, if necessary, the relevant staff will be responsible for the contact between the two sides and inform the donor’s family of the progress after organ transplantation.
Organ donation, in fact, is not only a person’s unilateral contribution to society, it is also a [everyone is for me, I am for everyone] thing. If everyone is willing to donate their organs after death to save their lives, then the greater the possibility that each of us will receive timely treatment when we need organs to save our lives.
When remembering the deceased, apart from the cold tombstone, it would be a great comfort if one could think that one’s relatives have passed away, but TA’s heart is still beating and life continues in another person’s body.
Life is short, everyone will eventually bid farewell to this world, but the beauty of love and the hope of life can be transmitted.