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Get the Facts about Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

Myth: If emergency room doctors know you’re an organ, eye, and tissue donor, they won’t work as hard to save you.

Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the No. 1 priority is to save your life. Organ, eye, and tissue donation can only be considered after death has been declared.

Myth: You are too old or ill to be a donor.

Fact: People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine if organs, eyes, and tissues can be donated.

Myth: Your religion prohibits organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Fact: Most major organized religions in the US approve of organ, eye, and tissue donation and consider it an act of charity.

Myth: Organ and tissue donation disfigures the body and changes the way it looks in a casket.

Fact: Donated organs and tissues are removed surgically, in an operation similar to gallbladder or appendix removal. Donation need not change the appearance of the body for the funeral service.

Myth: Only hearts, livers, and kidneys can be transplanted.

Fact: Transplantable organs include the heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver, and intestines. Tissue that can be donated includes eyes, skin, bone, heart valves, and tendons. One donor can improve the lives of many people.

For more facts about organ, eye, and tissue donation, visit

Did you know that the Health System offers paid leave of absences to all employee living donors? Eligible employees may request a Bone Marrow/Organ Donation leave of absence when they intend to donate bone marrow, stem cells or a major organ to another person. Eligible employees will be paid regular time. No vacation, personal or sick time will be utilized and time off will not be counted towards the employee’s leave entitlement. The amount of time off granted will be determined on a case by case basis, depending on the type of donation to be made.
For more information, interested employees may contact Disability Management in Human Resources at: 215.829.7077.


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