Organ Donation

One deceased donor can save the lives of up to nine organ recipients,

enhance the lives of more than 75 tissue recipients and bring sight to two cornea recipients

 Saying “yes” to donation will not affect your medical care. If you are sick or injured, a doctor’s top priority is to save your life. The Organ Procurement Organization is called in to facilitate donation. Doctors, nurses, and paramedics do not have access to the donor registry.

 Don’t disqualify yourself! People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Advances in medicine continue to allow more people to donate and potential donors are carefully screened prior to transplant.

There is no cost to the donor or their family for donation.

  All major religions support organ donation or view it as an individual’s decision.

 Donation should not delay or change funeral arrangements. An open casket funeral is possible. The body is always treated with great care, respect, and dignity.

 In the United States, it is illegal to buy or sell organs or tissue for transplantation.

   Anyone can add their own name to the Virginia Donor Registry at DonateLifeVirginia.org.

For more information contact our speaker, Mrs. Patti Dean, LifeNet Health, 804-317-4811 or patricia_dean@lifenethealth.org.