Donate Organs, Save Lives!
After your life time, wouldn’t it make you happy to know that you can give a new lease of life to many other people?
One life can give hope to many. But that’s only if you give the NOD to pledge your organs.
1. What is Organ Donation?
Organ donation is the gift of an organ to a person who needs a transplant. It’s a procedure in which a healthy
organ is taken from an individual who has died and transplanted into a person whose own organ is not functioning properly.
Donated organs give the recipients the opportunity of a longer and better quality of life.
2. Why is Organ Donation required?
Sometimes people suffer from irreversible organ failure and the only way they can recover or lead a normal life is to
receive an organ transplant.
3. Is it legal?
Yes. It is legal. In India it is governed by the Transplantation of human Organs Act (HOTA), 1994. This act makes it
mandatory for institutions conducting transplants to register with an authority appointed by the state government.
Many safeguards against misuse have been built in the rules.
4. Which organs and tissues can be donated?
Organs that can be transplanted are Kidneys, Heart, Liver, Lungs, Pancreas, Small Bowel, Cornea. Tissues like Heart Valves,
Bone and Skin can also be donated.
5. Do I need to be dead to donate an organ or tissue?
No, Blood and Bone marrow may be donated by live donors. Partial Liver & Kidney donation is allowed by law for blood
relatives of the recipient. For other organ donation, the person has to be pronounced ‘brain dead’.
6. Are you sure I will be dead when they transplant my organs?
The Transplantation of Human Organs Act lays down criteria for determining brain stem death. The brain stem death tests
must be performed by four Doctors together, none of whom has anything to do with the transplant, and this must be done
twice, with a minimum gap of six hours. Such brain death can be declared only in institutions recognized by state appropriate
7. Will the doctors just let me die if they know I will be donating my organs?
No. Your doctors will take the utmost efforts to save your life. This is their first duty. If despite their efforts, the patient dies,
only then will the organs / tissues will be considered for donation. These doctors will not be involved with the organ
transplantation, a complete different set of doctors will take over for the further procedures.
8. Can I donate if I die in an accident?
Yes if you are taken to the hospital in time and that hospital has capability for organ transplantation and is registered with
the state authority.
9. Who will get my organs?
The recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs and has to be compatible for that organ. If not, the next
person in waiting will be considered.
10. Will the Rich get priority in waiting list?
NO, the recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs. Clinical criteria like blood group, immunological status,
and medical urgency are considered for the transplantation. There is no discrimination based on money, colour, race
11. Will my family know who gets my organs?
No. The details of the recipient are not revealed to the donors family.
12. Will the recipient know my name and details?
No, the details of the donors are not revealed to the recipient.
13. Are there any religious objections to organ transplants?
All religions in India consider organ donation as an Act of Charity, support it.
14. Can I specify to donate any specific organ and not any others?
Yes you can specify the same on your organ donation card.
15. Can I agree to donate to a specific person and not to anyone else?
No. The recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs. Organ donation is not accepted if it is conditional.
16. Is there any cost of donation to my family?
No, the cost is borne by the recipient’s family.
17. How can I become a donor?
You simply have to fill up and register on our site. You will receive an Organ Donor Card at your mailing address.
Please carry this card with you at all times.
18. Do I need to inform my family about my decision?
If you discuss your wish with your family they will be ready for the donation when the time comes and will be able to
process the donation faster.
19. Does organ donation cause any delay in funeral arrangement?
No, if consent for organ / tissue donation is given, the surgery is done immediately and there is no interference
with the customary funeral arrangement.
20. Can I change my mind about organ donation?
Yes, simply tear your organ donation card.
21. Will I be paid for donating an organ?
No, the law does not permit commercial dealing in human organs.
22. Can I donate if I have a medical condition?
The medical condition of the donor will be assessed at the time of organ donation. HIV and Cancer are specific conditions
which excludes people from donating.
23. Would there be an additional expense for donating organs?
24. How can I be sure that the donated organs are safe and diseases free?
All potential donor’s blood is screened for ruling out transmitted diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. The family of the
donor is kept informed of this requisite procedure.
25. Who can be a live organ donor?
Anyone 18 years of age and above can be a donor. Parents or Guardians consent will be required for any individual
below 18 years wishing to donate an organ.