What Happens After You Agree to Become an Organ Donor?


Most of the US citizens are not aware that the huge restrictive step for people waiting for lifesaving transplantation is the organ availability. Around 20 people die on a daily basis because of the lack of an organ. For people considering being organ donor in the future, get rid of all the myths you have ever encountered regarding the same.

Have a look at what happens after you agree to become an organ donor.

  • Donation is only viable after all the efforts have been made to save the patient’s life. It is only a mere chance once the patient’s family have come to a decision to withdraw the life-sustaining support that the family meets an organ donation professional to discuss more of the organ & tissue donation Chicago. Donation professionals will provide you with all the documentation that will include your Registry to the family as well as to work with them in order to honor that decision. Organ recovery only takes place after the death has been declared.

  • Each and every major religion is the US aids and abets organ, tissue, and eye donation as the highest expression of generosity and compassion.
  • There is no kind of cost involved in the donor’s family for the donation. They donor family only pays for the expenditure before the death and costs related to the funeral expenses.
  • Here are the approx. preservation times for the following organs:
    • Heart or lungs — 4 to 6 hours
    • Pancreas — 12 to 24 hours
    • Liver — 6 to 8 hours
    • Kidneys — 24 to 72 hours
    • Corneas — 5 to 7 days
    • Heart valves, skin, bone, tendons and veins — 3 to 5 years

  • After the organ transplantation has been accomplished, it is quite likely for the donor’s family and recipient to meet. If both concur to sign a release of information form, they may then exchange names and other relevant details, coordinate and meet if they choose to do so. There are many cases where the donation offers prompt and long term consolation for family members, particularly in immediate and unexpected cases.
  • Live donation is an available option when it comes to kidney and live transplants. Live donation takes more time in the pre-op care and eliminates the wait time for donor. Virtually any human can be a living donor.