Registering as a Donor
When someone dies, an OPO (The LLF or WRTC in Maryland) determines medical suitability for donation. If donation is an option, a donation professional from the OPO will check the state registry to determine if the patient is a registered donor. After the doctor talks to the family about the patient’s death, a specially trained family services coordinator from The LLF or WRTC discusses the option of organ, eye, and tissue donation with the family.
If the patient is a registered donor, The LLF or WRTC will inform the family that their loved one decided while he or she was living to give the gift of life to someone in need. This is referred to as “First-Person” authorization and the state of Maryland recognizes this as a legally binding decision. Therefore, The LLF, WRTC and all hospitals are legally obligated to honor advance directives, including organ, eye, and tissue recovery decisions authorized by the patient.
If the patient is not registered on the registry, The LLF or WRTC will inform the family that their loved one was not registered as a donor on the registry and the decision of donation falls to the family. The LLF or WRTC will still discuss the option of organ, eye, and tissue donation with the family giving them time to ask questions and discuss as a family before they decide. Making this decision to donate is much easier when the family has already discussed organ, eye, and tissue donation at an earlier time and the family is aware of the deceased individual’s desire to be a donor even if they did not register their wishes on the Donate Life Maryland Registry.
Register Today and share your wishes with your family too!
Sign up today to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. Through your generous gifts, you can help as many as eight lives through organ donation, enhance another 75 through tissue donation, give the gift of renewed vision to two people and change the lives of millions through disease research and therapy.