Register as a donor – a decision that saves lives.
In South Dakota, we take care of our neighbors in need. As an organ donor, you could one day save and heal more than 75 lives. That’s a small gesture with a big impact! Share hope and life by joining the organ donor registry today.
Do you wonder how donation works?
Learn more about the steps behind the organ donation process, the role of organ procurement organizations, their partnerships with transplant centers across the country, and how families are supported every step of the way.
Have you joined the organ donor registry?
Do you have more questions about organ donation?
Check out these helpful donation FAQs below.
Everyone has the right to sign up to donate their organs, eyes and tissues at the time of their death. Your age or health does not prevent you from registering. Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor – the oldest organ donor was 95! Medical advances now allow people with chronic conditions, cancer, HIV and hepatitis to donate. Don’t rule yourself out – register today!
There is no cost to your family. If you decide to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, your family will NOT have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.
All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and consider it a generous act of caring. Check out this list of the major religions practiced in the United States and their position on donation.
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When you register as a donor you are making a legal decision to donate your organs, eyes and tissues to help others after your death. It also means your decision will be honored. It’s important to talk with your family and loved ones so they can be prepared to support your choice at the time of your death.
One person can save and heal more than 75 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation!
When it comes to waiting for an organ transplant, we are all created equal. Wealthy or famous individuals cannot and do not get bumped up higher on the national transplant waiting list. The waiting list is actually a pool of people that takes into account many factors, such as:
- Blood type
- Body size
- Severity of patient’s medical condition
- Distance between the donor’s hospital and the patient’s hospital
- The patient’s waiting time
- Whether the patient is healthy enough for surgery
Yes. If you are taken to the hospital after an accident or injury, it is the hospital’s number one priority to save YOUR life. Your status as a donor is not even considered until every effort has been made to try to save your life. To even be considered for donation, a patient must be on a ventilator and either declared brain dead or suffer cardiac death.
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