Organ Donation

Organ Donation

Giving the choice of organ donation to grieving families helps them regain a sense of control and begin the grieving process. Each family has an absolute right to make this personal choice for themselves, and hospital staff has an obligation to help them make an informed decision. For those families who choose donation, it can provide them something positive to focus on and serve as a source of comfort in the months and years to follow.

  • Although signing the back of the driver's license or donor card gives legal consent to be a donor, the person's family is always approached for donation.
  • All patients receive the same quality of care regardless of their wishes relating to donation. The physician involved in the patient's care is not allowed to participate in the donation procedure.
  • Nearly every person who dies can be an organ donor. However, past medical history is taken into consideration.
  • Most religions approve of organ and tissue donation and consider it a gift, an act of charity and love. If you have any questions, contact your clergy or religious advisor.
  • A national system ensures the fair distribution of organs in the United States. Patients who receive organs and tissues are identified based upon many factors, such as blood type, length of time on a waiting list, severity of illness and factors such as race, gender and age. Income and celebrity status are not considered when determining who receives an organ. Buying or selling organs is against the law.
  • In addition, more than 500,000 people could benefit annually from cornea, skin, and bone transplants.
  • There is no charge to the family for donation or evaluation.
  • The family's decision to donate is entirely confidential.
  • Both the hospital staff and family will receive a follow-up letter explaining how donations were given to recipients.
  • Donation does not delay funeral arrangements, nor does it interfere with the option for an open casket funeral.
  • One multiple organ and tissue donor can impact up to 75 lives.

Two Simple Steps That Make a Lifesaving Difference.....

Step One - Share Your Life

Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It is often the only hope for thousands of people suffering from organ failure, or in desperate need of corneas, skin, bone and other tissue. More than 60,000 Americans await life-saving organs. Tragically, the need for donated organs and tissue is greater than the supply. Thousands of people die needlessly each year due to lack of donors. You can save lives by deciding to be an organ and tissue donor.

Step Two - Share Your Decision

Sharing the decision to be an organ and tissue donor with your family is as important as making the donation itself. At the time of your death, your family will be asked about donation. Sharing this decision with your family now will prevent confusion or uncertainty about your wishes. Carrying out your wish to save other lives can provide your family with great comfort in their time of grief.

Here are some ideas to help you share your decision with loved ones:

Tell them that organ and tissue donation is consistent with your life values and that it feels like the right thing for you to do.

  • Tell them how one person can potentially help more than 75 people. Donation can dramatically improve - even save - the lives of those suffering from organ failure, bone defects, burns or blindness.
  • Tell them they will be asked for their consent at the time of your death.
  • Have your family witness your decision. If you have already signed a donor card or indicated your decision on your driver's license, show it to them. If not, have them sign your donor card as your witness.

For more information contact:

Midwest Transplant Network
1035 N. Emporia, Suite 100
Wichita, Ks. 67214

Midwest Transplant Network
1900 W. 47th Place, Suite 400
Westwood, Ks. 66205
Midwest Transplant Network