The Facts About Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
Although there have been great advances in medical technology and donation, the need for organ, eye and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. Get the facts and help us dispel myths about donation.
Anyone can be an organ donor regardless of age, race or medical history. There's no defined cutoff age for donating organs. The decision to use your organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Don't disqualify yourself prematurely. At your time of death, medical professionals can decide whether your organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation.
Organ and tissue donation doesn't interfere with having an open-casket funeral. The donor's body is clothed for burial, so there are no visible signs of organ or tissue donation. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, dignity and respect.
All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation as the ultimate act of charity. If you have specific questions about your faith's views on donation, consult with your minister, pastor, rabbi or other religious leader.