Because of the great need, the federal government enacted legislation aimed at increasing the availability of organs and tissue for transplantation. Under the Required Request law, hospitals must inform families of potential organ donors of the option of organ donation. The most important step in considering organ and tissue donation is a family discussion so that family members are fully informed and aware of each other's wishes regarding organ donation. Preferences also may be indicated on driver's licenses and Uniform Donor Cards. If you would like additional information about organ donation, ask your physician or a member of the nursing staff, or contact the New York Regional Transplant Program at (212) 870-2240 or click here to connect with their web site New York Organ Donor Network.
About Organ Donation
- If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation can only be considered if you die and after your family has been consulted.
- When you are on the transplant waiting list for a donor organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type and other important medical information.
- While a signed donor card and a driver's license with an "organ donor" designation are legal documents, organ and tissue donation is always discussed with family members prior to the donation. To ensure that your family understands your wishes, it is important that you share your decision to donate LIFE.
- People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
- There is no cost to the donor's family or estate for organ and tissue donation. Funeral costs remain the responsibility of the family.