Organ donation – the ultimate gift of life

Who can donate?

Anyone of any age can become an organ donor and leave behind the ultimate legacy by saving lives. Your organs’ suitability for transplant will be determined at the time of your death, so there is no need to worry about your current health.

 

Can I agree to donate only some organs or tissue and not others?

Yes. Please inform your family which organs / tissue you don't want to donate.

 

Do I or my family get paid for my donation?

No, it is illegal in South Africa to pay people to donate any form of tissue. Donors volunteer for donation making them true heroes

 

Do I need medical tests to register as a donor?

No. Medical tests will only be carried out at the time of death. This is done to ensure that your organs and tissue are suitable for donation.

 

How do doctors know I am really dead?

Two doctors, who are completely independent of the transplant team, have to perform detailed tests before a person can be declared brain dead. The criteria for brain death is very strictly adhered to and accepted medically, legally and ethically in South Africa and internationally.

 

Will my organs be automatically donated once I am a registered Organ Donor?

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.

 

How do I become a potential organ / tissue donor?

Register online here or call the Organ Donor Foundation on 0800 22 66 11 (toll free).

They will send you a small organ donor card to fill in and carry in your wallet and stickers to put on your ID document and on your driver’s license.