Maintains the confidential Michigan Organ Donor Registry in collaboration with the Secretary of State
Open 24/7, 365 days a year</li></li></ul><li>Who is Gift of Life?<br />Federally designated organ & tissue recovery organization for Michigan<br />Organ & Tissue Recovery<br /><ul><li> Obtain consent & work with donor families on-site
Locating, matching, tissue typing for transplant
Recover organs and tissues for transplantation, therapy, education and research.</li></ul>Education<br /><ul><li> Educate hospital staff, funeral homes, public
Maintain the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, in cooperation with the Secretary of State</li></li></ul><li>Organ and Tissue Donation<br />17-19 people die each day waiting for an organ in the United States.<br />More than 110,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant nationally.<br />That’s enough to fill Michigan Stadium!<br />
Types of Donation<br />Organs that can be donated:<br />Heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestine<br />One organ donor can save up to 9 lives<br />Tissues that can be donated:<br /><ul><li>Corneas/eyes, heart valves, bone, soft tissues and veins
One tissue donor can improve the quality of life for 75 to 100 recipients</li></li></ul><li>United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Placement<br />UNOS allocates organs to transplant centers based on:<br /><ul><li>Severity of illness
Time Waiting</li></li></ul><li>Michigan Organ Donor Registry<br />First Person Consent means that the Donor Registry is legally binding. Of course, the family’s comfort and cooperation are still very important. <br />
First Person Consent<br /><ul><li>Michigan law passed in July 2003
Signing your driver’s license or signing up on the donor registry is a legally binding contract
Consent for donation is not needed from next of kin
Next of kin cannot rescind consent without proof that patient did not want to be a donor</li></li></ul><li>Common Misconceptions<br />About the Michigan Organ Donor Registry<br /><ul><li> I signed the back of my license, so I’m all signed up.
Doctors won’t try as hard to save my life if they know I signed up.
I have [insert name of any disease], you don’t want my organs.</li></li></ul><li>Why Do Families Choose to Donate ?<br />Provides a positive outcome in response to an unexplainable loss.<br />Offers a rare and unique opportunity to save and enhance the quality of someone's life.<br />Provides an avenue for the decedent to "live on through the lives of others.“<br />Leaves a lasting legacy. <br />
Donation Facts<br />There is no cost to donate.<br />Funeral arrangements and open casket funerals need not be affected by donation.<br />Most major religions approve of donation and consider it an act of charity.<br />Wealth and social status do not play a factor in receiving an organ.<br />People of all ages and medical histories are potential organ, tissue and eye donors.<br />
Donor Family Follow-Up Programs<br /><ul><li> Donor Family Ceremonies
Recipient follow-up and correspondence</li></li></ul><li>FAQs<br />I'm only 17, do I need parental consent? <br />Minors can join the Donor Registry. If still a minor at the time of donation, LNOK can override that decision.<br />My home is in Africa and I am only here for 2 years for school, can I still join the registry? What does that mean once I go home?<br />Donor Registries are state-by-state, but we work cooperatively. People from all 50 states and Canada are in the Michigan Organ Donor Registry<br />Many questions about religious opinions on organ donation. <br />All major religions support donation, or the individual’s right to make their own decision.<br />
FAQs<br />Can you be registered in more than 1 state?<br />Yes, every state’s registry works a bit differently. <br />Can I get off the registry at a later date? <br />Sure, just sent us a letter in writing.<br />Can I specify which organs I want to donate?<br />No, because medical technology advances rapidly and what can be donated in the future may not be known today.<br />
Want More Information?<br />We publish a monthly list of Michigan patients currently waiting for organ transplants, and many other statistics.<br />Facebook.com/giftoflifemichigan<br />@GiftOfLifeMich<br />Available 24/7 at giftoflifemichigan.org<br />
Join the MichiganDonor Registry<br />If you don’t have a red heart sticker on your driver’s license or state ID, you’re not fully registered.<br />Go to<br />www.giftoflifemichigan.org<br />or call<br />800.482.4881<br />
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