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Frequently Asked Questions

01.

Once I have signed the organ donation card, I will not be taken care of if I have an accident.
This will never happen. Saving lives is the responsibility and foremost priority of every medical personnel. Only after a patient is certified dead will the suitability of organ donation be considered to bring new life to another patient with organ failure.
02. I am too young to have to think about organ donation.
Suitable organ donors are mostly patients who died suddenly in accidents or from acute illnesses. If the wish of these victims to donate organ(s) after death has not been recorded or made known to family members beforehand, it will be difficult for their wish to be realised after death. Thus, it is never too young to consider organ donation.
03. I am too old for organ donation.
There is no absolute age limit for organ donation. In general, organs may be donated from someone as young as a newborn or as old as 75. Depending on the tissue in question, the age limit for donation is below 80 for cornea and between 16 and 60 for long bones. There is no age limit for skin donation.
04.

My health is not too good and therefore my organs or tissues may not be suitable for donation.
In fact, very few medical conditions (e.g. severe infectious diseases and most cancers) oblige their patients to refrain strictly from organ donation. Most people, including those suffering from brain cancer without secondary spread, can donate organs/tissues after death. Moreover, people of most cancer types (except lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma, and malignant tumours of ocular or periocular areas) can still donate their corneas after death even though their other organs are not suitable for donation. In any case, the transplant team will assess all potential donors individually to decide if their organs are truly suitable for such purpose.
05.

I am worried that the removal of an organ will affect the appearance of the body and look in the funeral.
Once the consent form has been signed by the deceased's family, donated organs will be removed surgically as soon as possible, with full respect to the deceased's body. Donation will not disfigure the body or change the way it looks as the surgical wound will be properly cared for and will usually be under the cover of clothing.
06.

I am worried that all my organs will be taken away even if I only wish to donate one of them.
You may specify in the Centralised Organ Donation Register or on the donation card which organ(s)/tissue(s) you wish to donate. In addition, consent needs to be obtained from your family with respect to the organ/tissue to be removed for transplant purpose.
07.

The transplant of an organ from one body to another may not be acceptable according to my religious belief.
Most religions encourage sharing and giving. In fact, religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Christianity and Islam all support the spirit of organ donation as an act of benevolence and merit.
08.


I am worried that the organ recipient or his/her family will cause more grief to my family by sending their thanks or condolences upon learning the donor's name and address.
The privacy of the donor and recipient will always be respected. Neither the name nor personal particulars of the donor will be disclosed, but the family of the donor will be informed of the recipient's progress after the transplant.
09. I am worried about the fees and charges arising from organ donation.
The donor family does not need to pay for charges arising from organ donation after the donor's death.