Organ donors are in demand all over the world. In the Philippines, organ donors are needed for patients with end-stage organ failure. According to data from the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI), one Filipino dies each week while waiting for organs.
What types of organ donation are there?
Types of organ donation: Deceased donation
This type of organ donation occurs when the donor has passed away. In some cases, individuals who are declared brain dead may be donors.
Types of organ donation: Living donation
This type occurs while the donor is still alive. Only select organs can be donated, including a kidney, the lobe of a liver, part of a lung, intestine, and some tissues such as:
- Bone marrow
- Red blood cells
Types of organ donation: Vascular composite allograft (VCA)
This type of organ donation is done for the transplantation of structures such as skin, bone, muscles, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. This is usually done for hand and face transplants.
Types of organ donation: Pediatric donation
In this type, organ size comes into play. Children needing transplants respond better to child-sized organs.
Organs for transplant
Organs that are available for transplant include: