Organ and Tissue donation in South Africa
About Organ and Tissue Donation – The GIFT of Organ and Tissue Donation SAVES LIVES
- Organ donation
For some people the transplant of a recipient organ to replace their diseased one is their only chance of a fulfilling life. Donations are made to people with damaged organs that need to be replaced.
- Tissue donation
Tissues can be used to treat many life threatening conditions.
- There are two types of donation
Living – living donors can give a kidney or part of their liver (which grows back) to a family member.
- Deceased – this is when a family donates their brain stem dead family members organs for transplantation to help save up to seven people’s lives and improve up to 50 more.
- What can I donate?
- 2 x Lungs
- 2x kidneys
- You can also donate your tissue which includes skin, bone, heart valves and your corneas
You can donate seven organs in South Africa:
Other donations you could do:
Blood and platelet donations: contact the SANBS South African National Blood Service www.sanbs.org.za to find out more and where the nearest centre to you is.
Bone Marrow Donations: contact the Sunflower Fund www.sunflowerfund.org.za to find out more and where the nearest centre to you is.