Once an individual is on the Ohio Donor Registry, no one else has to provide authorization for the donation. However, for individuals 15 1/2 to 18 years old, their parents or legal guardians can revoke or amend their authorization for donation.
Also, there are new methods of transplanting a part of a living adult’s liver to a child who needs a liver transplant. Parts of a lung or pancreas from a living donor can also be transplanted.
Lifeline of Ohio does not facilitate living donation, but you can learn more about it here.
Tissues that can be donated include: Heart Valves, Corneas, Skin, Bone, Ligaments, Tendons, Fascia and Veins.
Donated tissues may need to be modified and/or processed to meet the needs of patients. Because of the generous gift of thousands of Americans each year, more than 1 million individuals have their life improved and are able to heal from injuries, burns, diseases, deformities and other events that would significantly impair their ability to function in their day to day lives. The gifts are provided to medical professionals with the understanding that they are to be used for these purposes. Other use is discouraged and cosmetic uses of the product are not promoted by the tissue processing organizations.
Lifeline of Ohio and the other recovery agencies are not-for-profit, but some for-profit agencies may be involved in the processing and distribution of the donated tissue. The priority for the use of the tissues will be within the United States; however, the tissues may be needed in areas outside of the United States.
See our interactive body for more on what can be donated.
Advances in medical science have made transplant surgery extremely successful. Transplantation is no longer considered experimental, but rather a desirable treatment option. The major problem is obtaining enough organs for the growing number of Americans who need them. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans waiting for organs to become available so that they can have a second chance at life. Sadly, there are not enough organ donors to meet the growing need, resulting in the deaths of 22 men, women, or children each day.
If you change your mind, you should let your family know and change your decision in the Ohio Donor Registry online or by completing and returning the enrollment form with the appropriate box (add or remove) checked.
No. A transplant team does not become involved until independent physicians involved in the patient’s care have determined that all possible efforts to save the patient’s life have failed.
When donor organs become available, several factors are taken into consideration in identifying the best-matched recipient(s). These include medical compatibility of the donor and potential recipient(s) on such characteristics as blood type, weight and age. Urgency of need, and length of time on the waiting list are also factors in the allocation process. In general, preference is given to recipients from the same geographic area as the donor because timing is a critical element in the organ procurement process.
No. Matching organs to recipients is based strictly on medical criteria and has nothing to do with notoriety or wealth. The process for matching a recipient with a donor is dependent upon how sick an individual is and who is the best match for the organ. Occasionally, it may seem that rich or famous individuals receive transplants more often, but that is simply because as a society we pay attention when these people receive transplants and not when people from the general public receive transplants.
Each whole body donation program has their own donation protocol and oftentimes an individual must pre-arrange an agreement with the program for full body donation to take place. Each program may have different requirements and criteria, including whether or not an individual can donate organs, tissues and/or corneas prior to their acceptance into the whole body donation program. If you are interested in whole body donation, Lifeline of Ohio encourages you to contact the program you are interested in donating to for further information – Whole Body Donation Programs.