The donation of tissues is possible when organ donation is not-this important fact helps many who wish to make a contribution, but cannot due to age or disease. Many bereaved families take comfort in the knowledge that the death of their loved one has helped others to live. Because organs and tissues are removed in procedures similar to surgery, and all incisions are closed at the conclusion of the surgery, an open casket funeral is possible after donation.
Unlike organs, tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after a person's heart has stopped beating. These are some of the organs and tissues that can be used to help improve the quality of life for others.
- Heart valves
- Blood vessels
Age is an important factor in organ selection for reuse. if you are 80+, the organ is not very useful in say, a 50 year old. Once you choose to be a donor, state your wishes in writing, and be sure to inform your next of kin. So often someone's desire to be a donor is discovered when it's too late (once cremation or embalming has taken place). Organ and tissue donations help save lives, but only if you help.