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UNDERSTANDING 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 organ.

  • a living donor, who can give a kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung, intestine, or pancreas.

 

Organ Donation

Organ donation is the process of recovering organs from a deceased person and transplanting them into others in order to save the lives or improve the health of those in need. Organs that can be transplanted include heart, lung, kidney, liver, intestines, and pancreas.

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 committed to donation. Unlike organs, tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after a person's heart has stopped beating.

Learn more about the types of organ donation and the organs that can be transplanted.

Living donation is an opportunity to save a life while you are still living. Learn more here.

Myths and misinformation exist around organ donation. Learn the facts here.

CONNECTICUT STORIES OF HOPE

Transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive, normal lives.

Meet some organ recipients..

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