Maggie - Tissue and Blood Recipient
Become an Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor
Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation
Your Community Needs Help
Nationally, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ or life-enhancing tissue transplant. Of these individuals, approximately 1,800 are located in Wisconsin. One donor has the power to save and heal up to 75 lives; every day, Versiti Organ and Tissue works with donor families, local hospitals and national registries to facilitate these selfless gifts and save lives.
Maggie was born with four different congenital heart defects. The generosity of organ and tissue, and blood and platelet donors saved her life.
The Donation Process
If a patient is determined to be a suitable organ and tissue donor candidate, Versiti discusses donation with the donor’s family. Authorization for donation may happen via first-person or next-of-kin authorization.
First-person authorization includes any individual who has registered as an organ, tissue and eye donor on the Wisconsin state registry or the national donor registry, and any individual who has authorized donation by means of an advanced directive, power of attorney or living will.
First-person authorization is a legal authorization for anatomical gift donation and does not require additional consent. If donation has not been first-person authorized, legal next-of-kin may authorize donation on behalf of the individual in the event of his/her death (Wis. Stat. 157.06).
Types of Donation
One tissue donor can restore the health and enhance the lives of more than 75 people. Donated human tissue can be used in intricate surgeries and can benefit patients in a variety of life-threatening situations, including healing severe burns, repairing torn ligaments and tendons, restoring mobility, and repairing musculoskeletal structures like teeth, skin and spine.
Tissue donation involves the recovery of:
- Corneas and/or whole eyes
- Tendons and ligaments
- Heart valves
- Vascular tissues
Tissue Donation Informational Videos
Volunteering with Versiti
Hospital and Medical Partners
Organ & Tissue Donor Family Resources
Placenta Donation Program
Are you an expectant mother in Wisconsin with a planned C-section? Learn more about placenta donation.
Transplants are often the most successful when donors and recipients come from the same or similar racial and ethnic backgrounds, necessitating a need for a diverse donor registry.
- Heart/lungs: 4-6 hours
- Pancreas: 12-24 hours
- Liver: 6-8 hours
- Kidneys: 24-72 hours
- Corneas: must be transplanted within 5-7 days
- Tissues: may be preserved for 3-5 years
Versiti encourages all faith leaders to learn about their group’s official position on organ and tissue donation, transplantation and other ethical issues.