About donation

Organ donation gives the precious gift of life to others. Let us explain exactly what’s involved, how you can register and dispel any myths you might have heard.

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    What is organ donation?

    Organ donation is when one person chooses to give an organ or tissue to save or improve the life of someone else. This is often called giving the ‘gift of life’.

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    Who can donate?

    Simply, all of us! However, to donate organs after death, a person needs to die in hospital in specific circumstances. This applies to only 1 in every 100 people, highlighting how important every registration and family conversation is.

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    What can be donated?

    Transplants are regularly carried out on the kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and small bowel. Also, tissue such as corneas and heart valves can be donated.

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    Why donate?

    Every organ and tissue donation is precious as it saves and transforms lives, not just for the recipient, but also their family and friends. It is referred to as the ‘gift of life’.

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    Why registering matters

    In Northern Ireland there are around 134 people on the transplant waiting list, and each year around 10-15 people die while awaiting the ‘gift of life’.

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    Get the facts

    Before making your organ donation decision, you may have some questions or want to learn more.

  • Myths


    Some common misconceptions about organ and tissue donation, and the correct information can be found in this section