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111 What do I do if I want to donate?




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

111 What do I do if I want to donate?


Talk about it with your family.

The single most important way to "register" as a donor is to "register"
your wishes with your family.

Donor cards, driver's license stickers, and other means may also be used,
but first be sure your next of kin knows your wishes.

In Michigan...

The Transplant Society of Michigan has begun a computerized list of
everyone in the state of Michigan who wants to donate their organs and
tissues, so that upon death their wishes can be immediately known.

Anyone wishing to join the registry should fill out and sign a card and
have two people witness it; then put the business reply card in the mail.
That person's wishes are then recorded in the database; he/she also
receives a card to carry.

So far, over 1,700 people have joined the registry. For cards, please call
the Transplantation Society of Michigan ("Gift of Life") at 1-800-482-4881.

For more information, please read the text of the brochure (below...to come
later).

In New England...

See the New England Organ Bank's site - and print out (and sign) a donor
card.

In other states...

Please call the nationwide donation hotline at the United Network for Organ
Sharing (UNOS) at 1-800-243-6667 (a.k.a. 1-800-24 DONOR) to order a donor
card, locate your local organ procurement organization, or get other
information.
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Around the World...

Anyone having information on donor cards or the recommended procedures for
expressing your wishes regarding donation in other countries is invited to
write to the transplant webmaster. <egjones@umich.edu>
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