Some Facts on Organ Transplantation and Donation
- Organs and tissues that can be donated include heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone and heart valves.
- People of all ages and medical backgrounds should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death, or in some cases as a living donor, will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
- There is no national registry of organ donors. Even if you have indicated your wishes on your drivers' license or a donor card, be sure you have told your family, as they will be consulted before donation can take place.
- An open-casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.
Cojo's Recommended Websites:
- To learn more about how to become an organ donor, visit the Coalition on Donation at www.donatelife.net.
- To learn more about organ donation and transplantation, visit the United Network for Organ Sharing at www.unos.org or Transplant Living at www.transplantliving.org.
- To learn more about polycystic kidney disease, visit the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at www.pkdcure.org.