Would you Donate an Organ to Save a Life?

By | March 26, 2013


The other day I came about an ad for a campaign regarding organ donations in Kuwait. The concept is not new per say, only much less approached and talked about in our society. In terms of organ donation it’s common to see loving family members donate kidney’s or perhaps bone marrow to a matching sick member in need. Blood donations are also done easily, but what about other organ donations?

Abroad there are cards people can fill when they want their organs to be donated after they pass away and it happens all the time. It’s a bit creepy and ominous when thinking about it, but it might eventually save someone’s life. Some people would dismiss the thought entirely, saying it’s not permitted in Islam but in Islam its permitted in certain cases and conditions by most scholars. What remains is, would a living healthy person want to think about or allow a piece of their body to live on, then eventually buried with someone else, after they pass away?

I’ve heard about heart transplant patients who, after getting a new heart have had craving for certain dishes or, no pun intended here, had a change of heart and began feeling differently about things, loving them or craving them or something. I don’t even know if heart transplants were ever done in Kuwait or if it goes with the Kuwaiti law but that’s besides the point. There actually exists an organization, The Kuwait Transplant Society (link), that deals with organ donations and they state in their ads that there are 4360 individuals in Kuwait who own organ donation cards. Quiet a lot I’d say, I only know one Kuwaiti person with such a card.

The question that remains here is, would you want to donate an organ to save a life, and why?

16 Responses to “Would you Donate an Organ to Save a Life?”

  1. Eiman says:

    I am proud to say that I have donated all my organs in Saudi and in the UK. Not really gave them away, but I have signed a paper confirming my consent on donating every organ after my death. I made sure to inform my family and friends, and added my name to the list of donors in both countries. When I moved to the UK, they were just starting to issue donor cards in Saudi Arabia so I could not collect mine. However, I always carry the one I got from the UK donor’s association, and hopefully I will get my Saudi one very soon. Heart transplants, in addition to other organs, are very common in Saudi, but unfortunately many people still refuse to donate the organs of their relatives when they die. Personally, I do not mind donating my organs to random people even if I am still alive, and luckily my family are very supportive of that.

    • danderma says:

      That’s very brave of you! I think the Kuwaiti and Saudi laws must ask for the permission of the family of the donor before removing organs even if he or she did want to become donors, its a good think your family is supportive, many people around won’t even consider the topic. But doesn’t it creep you out a bit?

      • Eiman says:

        To be honest, no..
        Although I am coward by nature, but I really pray from the bottom of my heart that one day my organs will be used in a transplant surgery. The reason for that is that I strongly believe in the prophet’s saying about the three deeds that keep counting after the persons death. And since I don’t have children to pray for me after my death, and I don’t have the money to donate for a “wagf”, I became very focused on offering my education and experience for free to everyone (and this is another story). In addition to donating all my organs of course.
        I am very conscious about the purpose of my life, hence, I have written my will since I was 17 and had to tell my mom about it.. :)

        • danderma says:

          17, wow! You don’t get many 17-years-olds thinking that way… insha2 Allah one day you will have children who will pray for you and enough money for waqf and by then all three of the deeds will be available to you, god bless you :)

  2. Lily Young says:

    Yes I would . When i’m dead , why would I need any of them anymore ?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Coming from a person who lost a loved one while waiting for an organ transplant, I would honestly say that anyone that refuses to be an organ donor at the time of their death; are denying themselves Ajeer and the recipient’s family the joy of health.
    We need to raise awareness of this issue in Kuwait, hundreds of terminally ill people are spending years in and out of hospitals awaiting organ transplant. it is the worst kind of death, slow and painful for both the patients and their families.

    • danderma says:

      I am terribly sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine how that must have felt, waiting for hope every single day and not getting it in the end. I guess you are absolutely right in your point, I actually never knew the society existed in Kuwait before I saw the ad. Maybe things will change in the near future.

  4. Laila says:

    Hi, Ive always wandered about organ donations in Kuwait, and thanks to your article I went ahead and contacted KTS, Im waiting for their reply.

    I agree with Lily Young, If im dead let someone else live on, why should I die and have all my organs burried with me. 5al a7ad thani ystfeed w y3eesh.

    Thanks for a great article :)

  5. Elegant Chic says:

    I understand the good intentions of organ donation but it just freaks me out! :/

    A year ago, during my paternal grandmother’s funeral, there was this middle aged lady who came towards my mom, aunt & me and started persuading us to donate Grandma’s eyes. She was in such a hurry because the 6 hour limit to take out the organ was running out! I don’t know who she was, but she was so rude!!! 😐

    • danderma says:

      I’m sorry for your loss dear, may she rest in peace. I guess a funeral is not the ideal time to approach grieving family members to take a loved one’s organs out but perhaps she was quite rude because she was absolutely desperate for a match? Sometimes when people need something badly they lose all common sense in trying to get it.

  6. 5amachyr says:

    اي ليش لأ اذا مت !! بس اعتقد انه المسألة فيها خلاف شرعي

    • danderma says:

      فيها بس اغلب مراجع الدين في العالم الاسلامي ما حرموها بس لها شروط طبعا

  7. FourMe says:

    I’ve agreed to donate everything after my death except my eyes. Call me crazy but I like my eyes and I wana keep them lol! But ya I would donate if close member of family needed any organs during my life.. Though not sure how good mine are, but still, I’m all for saving lives.

    • danderma says:

      I think the eyes are different, in a way because they are the only visible organ of a person while the other organs you don’t get to see.