No, there are no age limits to register. People in their 90s have become donors!
All major religions support organ, tissue and eye donation as a final act of compassion and generosity. We suggest consulting with your faith leader if you have questions about your religion and donation. For more resources on religion and organ donation, visit the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
Yes, anyone is a potential organ donor despite medical conditions, so please don't rule yourself out. A diabetic, for example, might have unhealthy kidneys, but a very strong heart or lungs. Donors with some medical conditions, such as hepatitis or HIV, are able to save or prolong the lives of who already have hepatits or HIV. Medical criteria for organ donation changes as medical advances occur; and a physician evaluates all potential donors at the time of death to determine what can be used to help others.
Nothing. It won’t cost your estate or your family anything. All procedures related to the donation are covered by Gift of Life Michigan.
Joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry gives consent for all organs and tissues that are healthy enough to help another person. However, people wishing to limit their gift may create a separate document to indicate specific organs and tissues they want to donate. They should keep this in their own possession and let their families know where it is kept.
Your gift will be used to help others through transplantation, therapy, research and education. If you register to become a donor, you relieve your grieving family of having to make a decision when you die. Having your wishes documented also ensures that your decision to donate will be carried out, if medically possible.
Yes, donors are afforded the utmost respect and care, and neither organ nor tissue donation need interfere with open casket viewings.
You can do so right here, by visiting any Secretary of State branch office or by calling Gift of Life at 866-500-5801. It takes just a minute.
More than 3,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in Michigan today. Nationwide, there are about 116,000 people waiting. People die waiting every single day because the number in need greatly outpaces the organs available. There is an especially critical need for hearts, livers and kidneys.
Your decision to someday donate your organs could save up to eight lives. Your tissue can ease the pain and improve the lives of up to 75 more sick or injured people.
Yes, absolutely. This is, perhaps, the number one myth about organ donation. Every effort to save your life will be made before donation is considered or even discussed. By law, the medical team treating you must be completely separate from the transplant team.