The following information has been provided for all patients of Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center for educational purposes. The following are commonly asked questions regarding eye, organ and tissue donation.
Who can be a donor?
Almost anyone can be a potential donor. The final determination of what can be donated occurs at the time of the patient's death.
What can be donated?
Organs which can be donated include the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small intestines. In addition, tissues such as heart valves, skin, bone, tendons, ligaments, and eyes can also be donated.
Will my family have to additional costs if I decide to become a donor?
No, there is no cost to the family for any procedures associated with the donation process.
Will my body be disfigured in any way?
Absolutely not. You will still be able to have an open casket funeral if you wish.
Does my religion support donation?
All major religions either support donation or feel it is a personal decision. Most believe it is the ultimate act of charity. If you have religious concerns, we encourage you to contact your spiritual leader.
Must I have a signed donor card in order to become a donor?
No, donation does not take place without your family's permission. A donor card simply indicates your wishes. The most important action you can take is let your family know your wishes.
It is the hope of Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center and LifeLink of Georgia that this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding eye, organ and tissue donation. If you have questions, comments, or would like additional information, please contact LifeLink of Georgia at 1-800-544-6667.