Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person. Organ donation can occur with:
Cornea donation is necessary for the preservation and restoration of sight. That’s because the cornea is the clear dome-like window covering the front of the eye that allows the light to pass through to the retina, which enables us to see.
When consent for donation is given, corneas must be surgically removed from a deceased donor within twelve hours of their death. Very few conditions exclude people from cornea donation.
Donated tissues such as skin, bone and heart valves can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives.
Most tissues are donated after death by people who previously registered for donation. Unlike organs, tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after a person’s heart has stopped beating.
RIODAC has teamed with the Transplant Center at Rhode Island Hospital to provide care packages for children of transplant patients in their program. In conjunction with this service, RIODAC is compiling information that is helpful to children of transplant patients. This information can be viewed on the Information for Children page.