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Donation Basics

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ensures fair distribution of donated organs in the United States. It is the model for transplant systems around the world.


Who Can Donate

  • Most People Can Donate
  • You Are Never Too Old
  • Medical Condition? — Don't Rule Yourself Out

Religious Views on Donation

What Can Be Donated

  • Organs
  • Tissue
  • Stem Cells
  • Blood

Types of Donation

  • Organ and Tissue Donation from Living Donors
  • Donation After Brain Death
  • Donation After Cardiac Death (DCD)
  • Whole Body Donation

Click here for a description of organs that can be donated/transplanted

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Terms and Topics A-Z

Organ Procurement Organizations

United Network for Organ Sharing Exit Disclaimer

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Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Donation and Transplantation

Caitlin Raymond Int'l Registry Exit Disclaimer

Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research Exit Disclaimer

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