By David Price in Emerge Australia.
Have you asked yourself the question: can I donate blood, tissues and/or organs even though I have ME/CFS? Well, the simple answers are no, and maybe. See below:
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, along with international equivalents do not accept blood donations from people with ME/CFS or who have had a past history of the condition. The reason given is that as the cause for the illness has not yet been established, it cannot be ruled out that it could be transmissible via blood.
Tissue And Organs
Here is where the answer is more qualified. The author of this post asked Donate Life if he could be an organ donator despite having ME/CFS. Below is an excerpt of the response given:
While your medical history is considered at the time of donation, you shouldn’t assume that you are not able to become a donor if that is your decision. In some cases, people may be able to donate tissue but not their organs or only some organs. The determining factors are where and how a person dies, and the condition of their organs and tissue including consideration of the deceased’s age and medical history.
Hospital staff take a medical history from the relatives of the deceased and from the medical staff tending to the patient at the time of death. They then follow up with GPs and specialists, as appropriate, who know the patient and are familiar with their medical history.
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