A common myth about donation is that if you have a history of medical illness, you cannot be a donor.
Fact: At the time of death, the team that coordinates donation will review medical and social histories. Many diseases that were considered to exclude organ donation are no longer considered a barrier. Examples include hepatitis and diabetes.
With men and women fighting for our freedom far from home, it’s hard to think of how we, as citizens, can help support them. In this miraculous story, you’ll see that one of the greatest ways to serve our men and women in uniform is actually through tissue donation.
While grieving the loss of their son, this family made the decision to not only donate his organs, but his tissue as well. In the video below, the donor parents take you through their loss, their grief, their decision and ultimately, their healing.
What parts of the body can be used when donating tissue?
Parts of the body such as skin, tendons, adipose, bone and heart valves are all considered donated tissue.
For this Friday Factoid, we’re combining Donate Life Month information and some straight facts.
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003 with the support of then Secretary of HHS, Tommy Thompson. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.