facts about
organ donation

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Organ donors can choose to donate their whole body for organ transplant or for research by medical students on new life-saving procedures and techniques through the MTERA.

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Singapore’s combined (both deceased and living) organ transplant rate for kidney was 20 per million population (pmp) in 2015, which is much lower than the demand for organs, which is expected to increase with a rising life expectancy and chronic diseases in Singapore.

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As an organ donor, organ donation will only be considered after every effort to save your life has been exhausted.

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Patients must meet all 7 strict clinical criteria as confirmed by two independent doctors before brain death can be certified. Only when the patient is declared dead, will donation be an option.

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Up to 7 lives can be saved by 1 donor.

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Considered as a gift and act of charity, all major religions in Singapore support organ and tissue donation.

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Organ donation will not affect your ability to conceive.

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You do not have to be related to the patient in order to donate your organ.

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You can select from the list of organ(s) which you wish to donate.

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Donation is a gift. For deceased organ donation, you or your family will not have to foot the hospitalisation bill for any organ removal-related procedure and test.

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Should you decide to opt out of HOTA, you will receive lower priority on the organ transplant waiting list if you require an organ transplant in the future.

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As a skin donor, less than half a millimetre of skin is recovered from the back and lower limbs.

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An open casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.

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There are over 400 individuals on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

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The average waiting time for a kidney transplant is 9 years.

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The buying or selling of organs is illegal in Singapore.

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You cannot choose who receives your organs, or deny anyone from receiving them.

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