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Planning to Be an Organ Donor Upon Death

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Overview

Many people who are ill need an organ transplant to live. But there are a lot more organs needed than are available. Many people choose to donate an organ upon their death.

How can you be an organ donor?

The following tips can help you plan to be an organ donor.

People of any age can register to be organ donors. In many states there's no minimum age, though an adult might have to sign for someone under age 18.

What organs can you donate?

You can choose what organs and tissues you would like to offer for donation. Or you can choose to donate any organs that are needed. You can also choose to donate for transplant, for research, or for educational purposes.

Organs to donate include:

Tissues to donate include:


Credits for Planning to Be an Organ Donor Upon Death

Current as of: June 16, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine


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