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Organ donation is when healthy organs and tissues from one person are transplanted into another person. In the UK every year, over 4,000 people receive donated organs and tissues, offering them a new lease of life.
There are three different ways to donate. These are:
- brain stem death - This is where a person no longer has activity in their brain stem due to a severe brain injury.
- circulatory death - This is the irreversible loss of function of the heart and lungs after a cardiac arrest from which the patient cannot or should not be resuscitated.
- living donation – Donating organ or tissue while you are still alive.
It is possible for the organs and tissues below to be donated and subsequently transplanted:
- Small bowel
- Tissue and bone
It is your decision whether or not you would like to donate your organs after you die.