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Coalition on Donation.
if you are very patient, (large files) you can download
clips of our
ads featuring Alaskan donors and recipients.
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Who can become a
You should consider
yourself a potential tissue and organ donor. Your medical condition
at the time of death will determine what organs and tissues can
organs and tissues can I donate?
and tissues include bones, bone marrow, blood, corneas, heart, heart
valves, intestine, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, skin and tendons.
Will my decision
to become an organ and tissue donor affect the quality of my medical
No. Organ and tissue
recovery takes place only after all efforts to save your life have
been exhausted and death has been declared. The doctors working
to save your life are entirely separate from the medical team involved
in recovering your organs and tissues.
Will donation disfigure
my body? Can there be an open casket funeral?
Donation neither disfigures
the body nor changes the way it looks in a casket.
Are there any costs
to my family for donation?
No. Donation costs nothing
to the donorís family or estate.
Does my religion
approve of donation?
All major religions
approve of tissue and organ donation and consider it a gift, an
act of charity. If you have any questions, contact your religious
What will happen
to my donated organs and tissue?
A national organ sharing
system with federal oversight ensures the fair distribution of organs
in the United States. Organs are first offered to patients from
the Northwest including Alaska. Recipient choice is based upon blood
type, length of time on the waiting list, location, severity of
illness and other medical criteria.
All tissues donated
to Life Alaska are first offered to Alaskan patients, then to the
person in the greatest need across the United States. For organs
and tissues that must be transplanted within hours or days, if no
suitable recipient is found in the United States, then the organs
or tissues may be offered for transplant on an international basis.
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