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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

  • If you'd like to donate your heart or other organs when you die, be sure to tell members of your family. In some states, you can state your wishes on the back of your driver's license. You may also contact an organ donation organization to ask for more information.
  • Families of donors don't have to pay for removing their loved one's organs.
  • The family of a possible donor makes the final decision. If they haven't been asked to donate and they'd like to, they should ask the doctor or nurse. If the family decides not to donate, the organs won't be removed.
  • Most donors give multiple organs. For example, the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and lungs might be taken from one donor. The hospital staff person in charge of identifying donors will find out if the organs are suitable for transplant. Then this person works with the OPO representative to coordinate the distribution of organs.

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