Saudi Arabia: Can I Be an Organ Donor?


Did you know that one individual has the capability to save up to 8 lives through organ donation? In addition to donation and transplant of major organs such as heart, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas, cornea and tissue transplants have  saved lives.

In America and many other places in the world it is typical for one’s driver license to state if an individual is an organ donor.  When receiving treatment at a hospital one is typically asked if he or she is an organ donor.  But what about Saudi Arabia?  Is is permissible to donate an organ to someone in need whether that organ comes from one who is living or alive?

Towards answering questions and facilitating information on this sensitive topic the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation Referral was established.  Dr. Faissal Shaheen  is the Director General of the Center.  The site allows for individuals to apply and receive an organ donor card; obtain content forms; and the ability to consult with a doctor.


3 Responses

  1. Donating organs is such a wonderful thing!

  2. It is so so important for us to be organ donors, If you have to do a single good deed then donate your organs after you are gone. I don’t think there is any higher gift than giving someone the gift of life.
    We are so short of organs and it is painful and horrible to see patients ont he list awaiting organs that could save them and their family . It galls me and makes me so sad to see healthy people just cremate or bury their relatives destroying the organs when there is someone waiting for them. I would say if you do one good deed then gift your organs. if nothing else atleast the eyes…

  3. You stated it so well, Radha.

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