Your Favorite People: Organ Donation – Are you already donating?

Episode 24

Your Favorite People: Organ Donation – Are you already donating?

Updated: 06/08/2022, 07:30

| Reading time: 5 minutes

8500 people are waiting to get a member. 8,500 people – including children. Angela Ibach’s sister Claudia Kotter was also on the waiting list.

500 people are waiting for the member. 8,500 people – including children. Also the sister of Angela Eibach Claudia Cotter He was on a waiting list for an organ and was hoping to get one donor lung. The radical experience of Angela Eibach. Today, in cooperation with the organization “Junge Helden”, she demonstrates throughout Germany about organ donation – as well as in the podcast “DeineFavoritenmenschen”. do you organ donation card? Have you decided whether or not to donate your heart, liver, lungs, etc.? “The decision is decisive,” says the 38-year-old from Munich.

“Our goal is to educate young people and young adults about organ donation,” Angela Ipach says. Because: “It’s shocking that you’ve never heard of a related topic like blood donation, bone marrow donation, or organ donation at such a young age.” This topic can affect anyone at any time. Yesterday, today, or even tomorrow.

And that’s exactly what Angela Eibach wants with him non-profit association Face it – with school visits, sporting events, parties and media presence. The association was founded by Claudia Kotter. After an organ transplant in 2007, she lived for nearly four years before finally dying in June 2011. She was awarded the Woman’s Golden Photo for her volunteer work.

Organ donation, a topic that isn’t discussed every day, and that’s not a topic every evening with friends – not a topic that’s easy to discuss. Just like being pushed aside. After all, when you’re young, you don’t often want to deal with death. Organ donation does not mean death! “Don’t you dare devote yourself to the topic because it’s about your death,” says a Munich resident.

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It also does not belong to the organ donor card

The “deciding factor is the decision”: because every human being from the age of 16 They may announce their willingness to donate organs and tissues themselves and document this decision, for example on an organ donation card. It doesn’t mean that you then automatically decide to donate if a file exists brain death to become. Discussions with family members can also help with the decision-making process. “Maybe it would be no, but until then it belongs on the organ donation card.” It is simply important to decide – no matter which method.

Angela Eibach knows that this ID card also helps relatives and dependents surviving in difficult times to say goodbye. “Both yes and no are very relevant. This is to protect the relatives who have to make a decision in this case. When I know what my friend, partner and family want, I feel more comfortable with the decision I have to make on my behalf.”

In the end, it is important to approach the decision, not pushing the topic further, but also confronting family and friends with the topic of organ donation. “You have many options, you can choose. You decide 1,000 things a day, and then you also decide the important topic of organ donation,” pleads Angela Ebach. You see readiness, especially among young people. “In the end you give life.”

What organs can be donated?

Not everyone can donate organs. Brain death is required. “If I had to die of brain death, I would be very happy and grateful if I could make life possible for someone else,” says the Munich native. According to her, about 4,000 people die from brain death every year. but only one part Some of these people even have an organ donation card. In addition, care is taken to ensure that recipients are protected. So the organs must be healthy. “The top priority is to protect the person who gets the organ infected,” says Angela Eibach. For example, before removal, the previous diseases of the donor are taken into account. But with Corona, the tolerance to previous diseases has also increased. But she asserts, “You will never risk the recipient’s chance of success.”

What are the organs that can be donated? Angela Ebach answers: “Heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines.” Tissue such as heart valves, skin, bone, cartilage, soft tissue or cornea can also be donated in the event of brain death. Important to know: a potential donor has different options. In this way, the organs to be donated can be explicitly named, while at the same time some organs that should in no case be transplanted to another person can be excluded. In the end, it is a matter of making a decision.

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