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Monday, August 8, 2016

Age is not always a limit for organ donations


EAGLE TRIBUNE | Roseanne DiStefano

Q:

I was watching one of my favorite medical dramas on TV the other night. There was a scene about a car accident victim who was brain dead as a result of his injuries. The man was a designated organ donor but his daughter was not aware of this and had difficulty accepting the harvesting of his organs. This prompted me to have a discussion with several of my neighbors at our morning coffee get-together. One of my friends insisted this was a moot point because we were all too old to become donors even if that was our choice. Is there an age cut off for donations?

A:

An average 120,000 individuals in the U.S. are on the waiting list for an organ donation. Sadly 22 people die daily because time tragically ran out for them due to the shortage of donated organs and tissues. There is a misconception regarding the age for acceptable donors. Going back 20 years or so there was a general attitude individuals could donate organs up to the age of 80. Currently the decision is based on the viability of organs more so than age alone. Continue reading
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