Who can be a donor?
If you wish to be a donor, register today. Virtually everyone, regardless of past medical history, can save or enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. Potential donors are evaluated at the time of death.
Isn’t there an age limit for donation?
There is no age limit for donation!
Is my religion against donation?
All major religions support donation as a personal decision and generous act of kindness.
Does donation place a financial burden for the donor’s family or estate?
Donation places no financial burden on the donor’s family or estate. Costs of donation are taken care of by the organ and tissue recovery organization. The family or estate is responsible for hospital care prior to the declaration of death, as well as funeral, cremation or burial costs.
If I am a donor, can my funeral be paid for by the organ and tissue recovery agency?
It is against the law to provide financial compensation, including covering the cost of funeral, cremation or burial costs, in exchange for the donation of organs or tissue for transplant.
Can rich or famous people get a life-saving organ transplant quicker than others?
The national transplant waiting list, run by the United Network for Organ Sharing, ensures the fair and equitable distribution of transplantable organs based on many factors, including the degree of illness, time waiting, height, weight and blood type of the potential transplant patient. Factors such as fame or fortune don’t play a role in the transplant waiting list.
If I register to become a donor and am in an accident, will emergency or hospital staff allow me to die in order to facilitate donation?
Emergency response and hospital staff do not have access to state donor registries to confirm donation registration, only organ and tissue recovery organizations can do that. Also, organ and tissue recovery organizations are not affiliated with the donor hospital in any way. Emergency response and hospital staff will work very hard to save the life of every patient, and donation is an option only after every lifesaving measure has been exhausted, and the potential donor has passed away.
Does organ transplantation really work?
Every year, more than 28,000 men, women and children receive the gift of a lifesaving organ transplant. Most of those individuals return to normal, active lives, and they certainly enjoy a second chance to make memories and celebrate milestones with family and friends. Many transplant recipients work, raise families and positively impact their community thanks to the gift of life.
Where do I register to Donate Life?