Who can be a donor?
Anyone can choose to be a donor. Medical state at the time of death will settle what organs and tissues can be given, not age or illness. Medical staff assesses the chance for donation on a case-by-case basis at the time of death.
Can a person be too old or sick to donate?
No. People of all ages may be an organ and tissue donor.
- Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
- A physician will decide whether your organs and tissue can be transplanted.
Can I be a donor without being in the Registry?
Yes. Signing up in the Registry is not a requirement to donate. If you want to be a donor and not join the Registry, share your choice. Tell your family about your choice. Telling your family and joining the Registry is still one of the best options.
Why is joining the Registry important?
The Registry holds your record to be a donor and is on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to the fast and emotional nature of events at the time of death, families do not always have time to check legal papers. The Registry helps to honor your choice. It can also help ease your family’s level of stress and worry at the time of your death when they know your choice.