Anyone, Regardless of Age or Health, Can Sign Up to be an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor

2021 oldest donor graphicSo, Is There an Age Limit to Who Can be an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor?

The short answer is, NO!

Everyone – regardless of age or health – can sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and potentially save lives after death. It’s important to not rule yourself out, let the medical professionals decide your eligibility upon death. Even those with chronic conditions, such as hepatitis and diabetes, can sign up to give the gift of life at any age.

In our region, the average age of tissue donors is over 60. Even more remarkable, one of the oldest tissue donors in our region was 101 years old! As you can see, age doesn’t make a difference when signing up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, you may be able to give the gift of life! One person has the ability to save up to eight lives through organ donation, and save and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation.

anyone_can_sign_up_to_be_a_organ_eye_tissue_donor_donation_factsWhat If I Have a Medical Condition or Am Not ‘Healthy Enough’?

Anyone of any age or with any kind of medical history can choose to sign up to save lives through donation.

Your health, age and lifestyle should not be factors in your decision to help others in the event of your death. Even people with chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, and infectious diseases, like the flu, may be able to donate.

The organs and tissues actually used will be determined at the time of your death. Don’t rule yourself out; YOU can save lives!