Did you know? There is an overwhelming need for both organ donation for life saving needs and whole body donation for medical research and training. Whole body donation can further the knowledge and skills of physicians and surgeons, and can improve the quality of life for generations of patients to come. Organ donation for transplant is equally important. According to the American Transplant Foundation, more than 123,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.
With the Science Care whole body donor program, most often individuals can be BOTH organ donors for transplant purposes as well as whole body donors for medical research and education. Organ donation for transplant takes first priority due to its inherent life-saving nature. Simply let your loved ones know of your desire to help both with transplant and research. The Science Care Donor Services Coordinators will collaborate with the local transplant group to help facilitate both types of donation.
What is the difference between what I registered for at the Motor Vehicle’s office and this?
There are a couple key differences between organ donation and body donation. The main difference is that Science Care is a non-transplant tissue bank. This means we do not take living organs and tissue and transplant them into another live human body. Also with body donation, age and cancer are not a factor so you will find the acceptance rate to be much higher.
What if I am an organ donor?
Typically, organ donors can also be whole body donors through Science Care’s program. You will need to register separately through each program and let your family know that you want to donate organs first and your body second. We work with the local organ transplant organization to ensure both types of donation are possible. In fact, organ donation stands on the shoulders of body donation. Without body donors, physicians would not know how to successfully transplant organs. It is the true circle of donation. What a gift!
Joining the donor registry is an important first step and helps to make your wishes known to your loved ones. Your information is never shared and is kept confidential with restricted access.
If you need more information or have questions about whole body donation, please give us a call. Our family services coordinators are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week and can answer all of your questions.