World Organ Donation Day: 13 August

The World Organ Donation Day is observed globally on 13th August every year. This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and motivate people to donate organs after death. The day provides an opportunity to all to come ahead and pledge to donate their precious organs because one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

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About Organ Donation

Organ donation is retrieving a donor’s organ like heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and pancreas after the donor is deceased and then transplanting into another person who is in need of an organ.

Some facts about organ donation:

As per the National Health Portal, there are few facts about organ donation which everyone must know.

  • There is no defined age for organ donation but it is based on strict medical criteria.
  • In the case of natural death tissues of cornea, heart valves, bone and skin can be donated whereas other vital organs like heart, liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, and pancreas can only be donated in the case of brain death.
  • After organ failure, vital organs like heart, liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs and pancreas can be transplanted into the patient to help the recipient lead a normal life.
  • If someone younger than the age of 18 wants to donate organ then he or she must have an agreement of parents or guardian.
  • Anyone can be an organ donor irrespective of age, caste, religion, community etc.

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