Understanding Donation


Organ Donation

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:

  • a deceased donor, who can give kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, intestinal organs
  • a living donor, who can give a kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung or intestine.


Cornea Donation

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.

Tissue 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.