Anyone, Regardless of Age or Health, Can Sign Up to be an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor

anyone_can_sign_up_to_be_an_organ_eye_tissue_donor_donation_factsAnyone of any age or with any kind of medical history can choose to sign up to save lives through donation.

Your health, age and lifestyle should not be factors in your decision to help others in the event of your death. From youth to senior citizens, everyone has the potential to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Even people with chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, and infectious diseases, like the flu, may be able to donate.

Which organs and tissue can actually be used will be determined at the time of your death. Don’t rule yourself out; you can save lives!

SO, IS THERE A LIMIT TO WHO CAN BE AN ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONOR?

The short answer is, NO!

Charles of Jeffrey City, Wyoming saved and healed 18 lives at age 89 through tissue donation.

Everyone – regardless of age or health – can sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and potentially save lives after death. It’s important to not rule yourself out, let the medical professionals decide your eligibility upon death. Even those with chronic conditions, such as hepatitis and diabetes, can sign up to give the gift of life at any age.

In our region, the average age of tissue donors is over 60. Even more remarkable, one of the oldest tissue donors in our region was 103 years old! As you can see, age doesn’t make a difference when signing up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, you may be able to give the gift of life! One person has the ability to save up to eight lives through organ donation, and save and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation. Interested in learning more about the donation process? Get the facts!