Is consent from the family required before proceeding with organ donation?

We understand that a grieving family may not be in the position to make a decision about organ donation at the time of their loved one’s death. And yet, that’s precisely when doctors must ask family members for permission. Why do hospitals need this consent if you have already signed an organ donor card or the back of your driver’s license? Because they may fear a lawsuit if they go against the wishes of a patient’s family, especially if the family is vehemently opposed to organ donation.

Is there a way that organ donation can still push through despite opposition from the patient’s family?

By lobbying Congress to pass legislation that gives hospitals and doctors immunity from lawsuits in cases where a patient’s intent to donate organs is being challenged by family members, TNNOD hopes to eliminate the issue of liability from the decision-making process. This will enable health care providers to honor a patient’s—and only the patient’s—wishes regarding organ donation.

And that’s just one of the changes we’re working to enact. TNNOD collaborates with various stakeholders to put systems in place to prevent needless deaths.

Who is eligible to donate an organ?

Everyone can express their intent to donate. People under 18 years old are required to obtain permission from their parents or legal guardians.

How are donated tissues and organs distributed to recipients?

Organ recipients are matched to organs according to various factors such as medical need, blood and tissue typing, time on the waiting list, and proximity to the hospital where the donor is located.

What organs and tissues can be donated?

You can choose to donate your lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, intestines, marrow, connective tissues, skin, cornea, bone, umbilical cord, and more.

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