Organ Donation in Georgia
You can register to become an organ donor when you apply for your Georgia driver's license. The Department of Driver Services' Customer Service Center will provide you with the Uniform Donor Card for you to complete. Be sure to speak with your family about your decision, whether you choose to donate or not.
You can also register to become an organ donor at the Georgia Donate Life website.
Another resource for information and registering in Georgia is the LifeLink of Georgia Foundation.
Many people fear organ donation, but every attempt will be made to save your life before your donor status is even revealed. By Georgia law, a different team of doctors will remove your organs only after you have been declared medically and legally dead.
Organ donation does not cost you or your family anything.
Hospitals are required to contact organ donation centers when a donor becomes available, according to state law.
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- More than 71,000 Americans need an organ donation of some type, and one new name is added to the list every 16 minutes.
- Donations at death include heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, eyes, tissue, skin, bones, heart valves, tendons, cells, and cartilage.
- Wealthy people can't buy organs. It is illegal to buy or sell organs.
- Donation does not disfigure your body, so an open casket funeral is still an option.
Doctors don’t work with the same urgency to save your life if they know you’re an organ donor.