FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it important to register as an Organ and Tissue donor?
No, although it is recommended to register, it is more important to discuss it with your family, make a decision, and ask them to ensure that organ and/or tissue is donated at the time of your death.
Do I need medical tests to register as a donor?
No. All donors are screened thoroughly at the time of death by evaluating their medical and social history, blood tests, culture tests, and by physical examination. This process is carried out to ensure that the donor is suitable for donation.
Are there costs involved in Organ and Tissue donation?
Not for the donor or his family. Procurement costs are carried by the relevant Transplant clinic or Tissue bank.
Which organs are transplanted in South Africa?
Heart, Lungs, Liver, Kidney and Pancreas
Which Tissue are transplanted in South Africa?
Cornea, Bone, Tendons, Heart valves and Skin
Is Tissue transplant common?
Bone tissue transplants are the second most common transplant performed on patients, second only to blood transfusions. Many thousands of patients receive allograft tissue every year, most of which comes from non-living donors whose loved ones consented to donation.
Who can donate?
Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, gender or race. However, there are some factors that render donated tissue unsuitable for transplantation, but this is treated individually and discussed with the donor family at the time of donation
Does donation influence the burial or cremation arrangements?
No, all retrieval is done in consideration of the burial arrangements and will not delay the process in any way.
What does the donor body look like after donation?
In all cases prosthesis is inserted in the place of removed tissue, reconstructed and neatly closed with stitches. It is even possible to have an open casket funeral and in the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.