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MEDICINE is ever-advancing; yet there are still many incurable illnesses such as organ failure. When an organ is so severely damaged that it is failing to function, transplantation is the only option. For the patient, organ donation is an irreplaceable source of life.





What organs are transplantable?


Transplantable organs include kidney, liver, heart, lung, cornea, bone and skin. There are no restrictions on gender, age or race for organ donation. Medical and nursing personnel will individually assess the deceased person’s suitability for organ donation.


Common worries unfounded


Some people may worry that once they have expressed the wish for organ donation, they will not be given the best care when an accident occurs. This is wrong. Saving lives is the responsibility and top priority of all medical personnel. Only after a patient is certified dead will the possibility of organ donation be considered. Moreover, medical staff will preserve the look of the deceased by taking proper care of the operative wound and keeping it adequately covered by clothing.


How to support organ donation


The Department of Health will set up the Centralised Organ Donation Register in the second half of 2008 to manage donors’ personal data and their declared wishes. Willing donors may submit information by facsimile, post or the Internet. This will enable medical personnel to know of a patient’s wish to donate organs upon his/her death, and the family to acknowledge and fulfil this wish to save other people’s lives.




Members of the public may also sign and keep an organ donation card. Whichever way you choose to indicate your wish to help others, be sure to tell your family about it for seeking support.


Up to now, around 50 government departments have indicated their support of promoting organ donation. On behalf of those people desperate for a new life, the Department of Health wishes to express its deepest appreciation to these departments.


For more information on organ donation, please visit the website of the Central Health Education Unit, Department of Health at the http://www.cheu.gov.hk.

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