Who can become a donor?
Each individual should consider himself a potential organ and tissue donor. Your
medical condition at the time of death will determine which organs and tissues can
What organs and tissues can I donate?
Organs that are needed include heart, kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, and intestines.
Tissue that can be donated to help others includes the eyes, skin, bone, heart valves
Will my decision to become an organ and tissue donor affect the quality of my
No. All efforts to save your life will be made. Organ and tissue recovery take place
only after all efforts have been exhausted and death has been legally declared.
The physicians working to save your life are different than the team that would
be involved in recovering your organs.
Will donations disfigure my body? Can there be an open casket funeral?
Donation does not disfigure the body. There is no change in the way the body looks
in the casket and thus, an open casket funeral can be held.
Does my religion approve of donation?
All major religions approve of organ and tissue donation and consider it a gift,
an act of charity.
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