Organ and Tissue Donation
Deaths that fall under our jurisdiction require our approval for donation, and we do all that is possible to allow all possible procurement in every case where donation is desired by the family. We encourage organ and tissue donation, and approve the vast majority of donation requests under our jurisdiction, but there are rare exceptions where limits may be placed due to the nature of the death or the involvement of law enforcement.
Our office is committed to carrying out a person’s wishes to be a lifesaving donor. Through our partnership with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (http://www.giftofhope.org/), we make donation an option for the families that we serve. Gift of Hope is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to coordinating organ and tissue donation in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and northwest Indiana.
For family members, the death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences. But donation gives meaning to life, even after death. The decision to be a lifesaving donor may offer your family some comfort in knowing that your legacy carries on, and you have made a difference in the lives of others.
Who among us... would not want to receive an organ or tissue if that donation could save our life or otherwise significantly improve our health?...would not have a tremendous sense of fulfillment through knowing that upon our death our organs and tissues, or those of someone we love, that were going to restore health, or life itself, to other human beings?
By registering your decision to be a donor, you get the opportunity to give other people a second chance at life. As an organ and tissue donor, you can help save and enhance lives—as many as 25 people or more.
To become an organ and tissue donor, join Illinois’ new organ/tissue donor consent registry. This is a confidential registry managed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office.
To register and review the donation process: – Go to www.giftofhope.org, click on “Be a donor.”
To register only: – www.LifeGoesOn.com – At any Illinois Secretary of State driver’s services facility – Call 800/210-2106
More important information may be read at http://www.organdonor.gov/about/data.html