In recent years, organ transplantation has become more common. Although it helps saves many lives, there are still not enough organs due to countless reasons.
Transplant rejection can be due to- different blood type, tissue, body size, etc.
There are three types of transplant rejection:
1. Hyperacute rejection happens a few minutes after an organ transplant, if the patient and donor’s blood type is completely different.
2. Acute rejection can happen anytime from 7 days to 3 months.
3. Chronic rejection happens after many years, after constant immune resistance to the transplanted organ gradually damages the transplanted tissues/organ.
There are several symptoms to “warn” people they need a transplant, and depends on the transplanted organ/tissue:
1. Organ’s function will start to decrease.
2. Discomfort, uneasiness, and ill feeling
3. Flu symptoms- Chills, body aches, nausea, cough, shortness of breath
4. Rare symptoms- Fever or pain/swelling around skin area of organ
5. High blood sugar (pancreas transplant)
6. Less urine (kidney transplant)
7. Inability to exercise well, shortness of breath (heart transplant)
8. Skin is yellow and bleeds easily (liver transplant)
Since people don’t tend to know these symptoms before they need a transplant, many aren’t able to save themselves.
Did you know in America, up to 18 people die everyday due to lack of available organs to transplant? That there is only weight limitation for people to become organ recipients, and over 90% agrees that organ donations are important, but only 30% bother to sign up? The biggest problem is because of religion restrictions- like Japanese, Egyptian, etc, and some countries, like the United States have opt-in systems you need to agree to be a donor).
Even though a single donor can donate organs and tissues up to 10 patients, most donors die in accidents, so only a few organs are suitable for donating.
Now, there are professional carriers, but many organs don’t survive the trip, or doctors find out that the organ was already bruised in the first place.
Even though there are professional carriers, but many organs don’t survive the trip, or doctos find out that the organ was already bruised in the first place.
This is how valuable organs are- if you are willing to help people, sign your driving licence or legal documents- you can make a difference!