Dead or alive: A simple guide to organ donation

Becoming a potential donor is easy – carry an organ donor card and let your family know

You can pick up an organ donor card from your local pharmacy and keep it in your wallet. Photograph: Istock

You can pick up an organ donor card from your local pharmacy and keep it in your wallet. Photograph: Istock

Everyone has a vague idea about organ donation – knowing it involves a healthy organ being taken from one person (alive or dead) and given to another who needs it.

However, many don’t realise people can wait months and even years for an organ that matches their blood and tissue type. More donors would mean shorter waits. Here, we look how you can become an organ donor, what happens when an organ becomes available, and what organs are most in demand in Ireland.

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