Giving the gift of sight and health is a selfless decision that can change and enhance the lives of more than 50 people. This decision shouldn't be taken lightly and needs to be discussed among family members. That way, you can help ensure your wishes are carried out. Donations are a major part of treatment for a wide variety of diseases and injuries including sight restoration, burn care, ligament repair and heart surgery. Only after lifesaving efforts have been made and a patient has died does donation become an option. Strict guidelines are followed to ensure nothing harmful is passed from donor to recipient.
Facts About Donation
- Everyone could be a donor regardless of age and medical history.
- Doctors will not treat you different based on your decision. They will work just as hard to save your life.
- Donation of organs does depend on medical condition at time of death.
- Most religions support donation and consider donation an act of charity.
- Open caskets are still possible after donation.
- Donation takes place within 12-24 hour of death.
- There is no cost for the recovery procedure. Only the regular cost of funeral arrangements.
If you are interested in becoming a donor there are a few different ways to make it possible. You can register when you renew your driver's license at your local DMV or register online at www.sdletb.org/register.