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A Helpful And Short Guide On Organ Donation

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Life is undoubtedly a gift, and organ donation is one of the best causes you could be involved in. You could enrich someone’s life and ensure that someone lives, even after you are no more a part of this world. However, organ donation can be a bit hard to understand, and several myths exist around the same. Read on to understand the types of organ donation, eligibility, process, and the need for health insurance to cover the costs.

You can donate your organs when you are alive, and after your death. Usually, when an individual donates in his life span, it is to their family members and friends. Parts of the liver, pancreas, intestines, and lungs, along with one of the two kidneys, can successfully be donated without any complications in everyday life after donation. The choice to donate an organ is an extremely personal one, and the potential donor should have complete knowledge of the potential risks and of how it would help the recipient.

A person can also swear to donate organs like eyes, heart, and lungs after death. This is completely voluntary, and there is no pressure to agree to donate an organ or tissues. After the individual and his family have taken an informed decision, the potential donor must register themselves in a hospital that conducts transplants. A written consent form is required from the lawful custodian of the body after the death of the patient, in case they did not sign up on the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization before death. The recipient is informed as and when the organ from the deceased donor is available.

The often-exorbitant costs pull people back from this noble cause. Are you too worried about the expenses for organ donation? Don’t worry, we at Bharti AXA have you covered. Our health plan covers most of your medical costs so you could save money for other purposes. Our Smart Super Health Insurance Policy includes coverage of organ donor expenses up to sum insured.

Some of the following common misconceptions need to be avoided when deciding to donate:

  1. Organ donation disfigures the deceased donor’s body. This is completely false. Only a single incision is made to retrieve the organs, and the body is given back respectfully.
  2. The donor’s family has to bear all the expenses. This is not true. The organ transplant program or the family of the recipient handles all costs of the organ transplant surgery.
  3. When you are fighting for your life, an organ donor card will make the doctors relaxed and they will not put their best efforts to save your life. This myth is false. Your safety and well-being is given utmost importance in emergencies. Saving your life is their priority.

Startling fact: One donor can help save up to eight lives through organ donation.

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