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Organ, Tissue and Body Donation

Organ and Tissue (Skin) Donation

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More and more parts of the body can be used to help other people.

Organ and tissue donation do not disturb the look of the body. The body can still be displayed in an open casket. When you sign up as an organ donor, you're usually also signing up as a tissue donor as well. For instance, you're also donating heart valves, corneas and tendons.

Examples of parts that can be used, and the benefit to other people:

  • Skin ban be used for burn victims. It is cut in small squares from the back.
  • Eyes are used for patients who need corneal transplants because of post-cataract-surgery complications or the eye disorder keratoconus. For more information, see:
  • Bones can be used for orthopedic procedures such as hip replacement or knee reconstruction.
  • Veins can be used to restore circulation in heart by-pass surgeries. 

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