The European Organ Donation Day – EODD, was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1996 as the annual event, aiming to promote organs, tissues and cells donation and transplantation across the European Members States. Through public awareness and recognition of all people involved (transplanted patients and their families, donors and their families, medical staff and others), establishing a trustful relation between the population and responsible, ethic, non-commercial and professional donation and transplantation programs and sharing the advance of medicine between professionals, promoting organ, tissues and cells donation increase.
This year, Portugal holds this important event. On October 9th and 10th, Lisbon will gain life! Several events were planned for both children and adults; Lisbon will give a full day of entertainment and information about this subject.
There are thousands of people in need for a transplant to continue living or to improve their quality of life. This year’s EODD, will be a moment of celebration and awareness for everyone, including the organizations involved in organs, tissues and cells donation and transplantation.
Transplantation is a form of art. Life is a masterpiece of art, experienced in a unique way by each and every person, painting their own screen with experiences. Art is timeless and ephemeral. Donation is an altruistic gesture, considered the most generous between human beings. It’s the art of sharing, of generosity, love and hope. Donation allows the art of transplantation to return life.
For each organ donor, 8 organs can be transplanted. The bigger the number of donors, the larger will be the number of lives saved.
Join us in the celebration of the European Organ Donation Day – EODD 2015
The Portuguese Blood and Transplantation Institute and the Portuguese Transplantation Society, have the privilege of organizing this important event, being held on October 9th and 10th, under the motto of “Art & Transplantation”.
The program, based on the “7 Arts Manifesto” – Dance, Sculpture, Theatre, Painting, Music, Literature and Cinema – aims to inform and clarify the Portuguese Population about donation and transplantation, and pay a tribute to donators, families, and all the professionals and stakeholders involved in the process. Sharing and discussing the challenges and obstacles of medicine of transplantation is another objective of this event.
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EODD2015 - Celeste Rodrigues Testemonial
EODD2015 - Claudia Vieira Testemonial
EODD2015 - Doctor Paula Fernandes Testemonial
EODD2015 - Dr Francisco Marcão Testemonial
EODD2015 - Nurse Vanda Palmeiro Testemonial
EODD2015 - Francisco Pinto Balsemão Testemonial
EODD2015 - Major Pedro Testemonial
EODD2015 - SPOT TV
EODD2015 - Marcos Pinto Testemonial
EODD2015 - Anna
EODD2015 - Julia
EODD2015 - Daniel
EODD2015 - George
The most frequently transplanted organs are:
• the kidneys, to remove the need for dialysis;
• the pancreas, to remove the need for insulin injections in certain patients;
• the liver, lungs, heart or small intestine, when these organs are no longer able to maintain the survival of the patient;
As regards tissue donation:
• skin, to treat serious burns;
• heart valves or arteries, due to certain medical conditions;
• the cornea, when this thin protective film of the surface of the eye is damaged because of cataracts or an accident. •
And cell donation:
• bone marrow, which is used to restore the body’s blood cells after anti-cancer therapy.
Almost all organs or tissues can be transplanted, and the media regularly covers the progress being made. Modern transplantation techniques currently offer almost unlimited possibilities thanks to research carried out throughout the world, in particular regarding transplantation from living donors. These transplants occur most often between members of the same family. The main advantages of this are the reduction in waiting times, the ability to plan a transplant operation instead of dealing with an emergency, and better quality results.
• Organ and tissue donation for therapeutic purposes focuses exclusively on the removal of organs or tissues that medical teams need in order to treat patients whose vital organs (or tissues) are severely damaged or completely destroyed.
• Whole body donation to science is when a person may request that their entire body be used for medical or scientific research after their death.
The two types of donations are not incompatible: a person can donate their organs, tissues and body.
• When alive, a person can, under very specific conditions, donate body parts for transplantation: a kidney, for example, or more rarely a part of the liver or lungs, or bone marrow cells or cells from particular organs, skin, cartilage, etc.
• Following death, the possibilities for donation are much wider: the gift of a heart, a liver, both lungs, the cornea, a pancreas, bones... but the donation must be carried out with very little delay, once death has been reported and confirmed by a doctor.
There is no age limit; it is sufficient that the organ or tissue removed is healthy. But in the case of a minor, parents are key to donation to take place and following special criteria to ensure the rights of the donor are respected.
Only after a person is legally declared by a doctor to be brain dead. The organs are allowed to continue to function artificially (artificial ventilation and perfusion).
The transplant team cannot perform the transplantation without first checking that the following conditions are met:
• there are no legal or medical reasons against the donation;
• the person is not registered as being against donation;
• the family has been informed and the testimony of the deceased person on their wishes is always respected.
The removal of organs is a surgical procedure that is performed in an operating theatre following a very strict protocol where all the steps are followed so that the body is returned to the family under the best possible conditions.
In Europe, absolutely. Firstly, because these interventions can only be performed by highly specialised medical teams and in authorised medical centres.
Secondly, because in certain countries hospital co-ordinators are present throughout the process to ensure that the ‘rules of good practice’ are respected.
Finally, because of all the precautions that are taken to preserve human dignity and protect the rights of the donor and the receiver. In fact, national laws in Europe govern donation and transplantation and prohibit the sale of organs, tissues and cells, and ensure the anonymity between donor and recipients is respected.