Faq’s

HOW DO I OBTAIN AN KIDNEY DONOR BRACELET/NECKLACE/DISK?

Medic Alert and Elixir Medical Shields provide these items, not the Organ Donor Foundation. Please telephone Medic Alert on (021) 425 7328/ 0861 112 979 or Elixir Medical Shields on 0861 115 178 for further information.

HOW DO I BECOME A POTENTIAL KIDNEY DONOR?

The process is straightforward. Register online or call the Kidney Donor Inc.’s toll free line on 0800 22 66 11. We will then send you a small Kidney donor card to fill in and carry in your wallet. We will also send you a sticker to put on your ID document and on your driver’s license. It is very important to discuss the decision with your family. Let them know that you want to donate your organs / tissue after death. Ask them to honour your wish when you die.

WHO CAN BE AN KIDNEY DONOR?

Any person who is in good health and is clear of defined chronic diseases that might adversely affect the recipient will be considered as a possible donor.

CAN I BE A DONOR IF I HAVE AN EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION?

Having a medical condition does not necessarily prevent a person from becoming an kidney donor. The decision about which kidney will be transplanted will be established at your time of death

DO I NEED MEDICAL TESTS TO REGISTER AS A DONOR?

No. Medical tests will only be carried out at the time of death. This will involve medical professionals evaluating your medical and social history, carrying out blood and culture tests and conducting a physical examination. This is done to ensure that your organs and tissue is suitable for donation.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION

An organ transplant takes place after an individual has been declared brain dead but is still being supported on a respirator, whereas tissue retrieval can still take place several hours and even days after death.

HOW SOON AFTER DEATH SHOULD THE KIDNEY BE REMOVED?

It is essential that organs are removed as soon as possible after brain death has been declared in order to ensure successful transplantation. Legislation requires brain death to be certified by two independent doctors.

In the case of tissue, a donation can take place up to a few days after death. Many people die at work or on the roads and never make it to the hospital. In such instances an organ donation would not be possible, however, a tissue donation, which is equally needed and valuable, can be successfully carried out

IS THERE ANY COST INVOLVED IN SIGNING UP AS AN ORGAN / TISSUE DONOR?

No, it costs nothing to sign up as an kidney organ / tissue donor.