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Can I change my mind about becoming a donor?

Absolutely, simply tear up your donor card. Anyone that you have told about your donation request should be notified of this change. Tell family members, doctors, funeral home, and if you have made arrangements to have your status indicated on your driver’s license be sure to contact the driver’s license office to have your status changed.

Within reason, organ donation does not delay funeral arrangements or disfigure the body, so no changes will be needed in your funeral plans. If you plan to donate your body for medical research, you should be sure to arrange all of the details with your local anatomical board.

Although most programs do have age restrictions for organs, it should not influence your decision to become a donor. The transplant team will decide at the time of donation whether the organs or tissues are useful for donation. If the organs or tissues can’t be transplanted, it is possible that the organs or tissues may be helpful in medical research.

The distributions of organs is handled by regional organ banks which are linked to a national computer network that allows them to speed the process of matching organ donors and recipients. Tissue distribution is coordinated by various tissue banks throughout the country.

The organ donation programs, funded through health care, pay for all costs involved in the organ donation and recovery.

Medical personnel will know by your carrying of a ” Donor Card”. You should distribute copies to your family, doctors, funeral home that holds your pre-arranged services and attorney.

No. Medical personnel must follow strict guidelines before they can pronounce death and remove the donor’s organs and tissues. Organ and tissue donors receive the same health care as non-donors

Anyone who is 18 or older and of sound mind may become a donor when he or she dies. Minors may become donors with a parent’s or guardian’s consent.

You will need to inform the nursing home staff which funeral home you prefer they notify to handle the final arrangements for your loved one.

Whether or not you’re present when the death occurs, a health care professional will contact you and ask a few questions, possibly including:

Unless the deceased has died unexpectedly, you will have the choice. An autopsy is the thorough examination of the deceased body, to understand and determine the cause of death or any factors that may have contributed towards the cause of death. The information resulting from an autopsy can help researchers in developing cures and medications to assist in the prevention of such diseases. Autopsies are generally performed quickly, so as to not interfere with the funeral process. However you may experience some short delays and should check with the health care professional as to when you can expect the autopsy to be completed, if a delay could be of concern to you.







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