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Most Common Donation Terms

Organ donor: A person is referred as an organ donor when he or she donations organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, intestine and pancreas. These organs can only be recovered from someone who is brain dead; however, the kidneys and parts of the liver have been recovered from a living donor.

Tissue donor: A person is referred as a tissue donor when he or she donates tissues such as skin, bone, corneas, bone marrow, heart valves and cartilage. Tissue can only be recovered once the person is deceased and it has a 24-hour window of recovery depending on the conditions of the body.

 

Organs and Tissues

ORGAN/TISSUE
PICTURE
DEFINITION
APPLICATION
Bone
Bone
Provides shape and support for a body and protects the organs Facial reconstruction, limb salvage, cancer treatments
Bone Marrow
Bone Marrow
Soft organic material that fills the cavities of the bone Life saving treatment for patients with certain types of luekemia, aplastic anemia and immunodeficiencies
Cartilage
Ear
Connective tissue consisting of cells embedded in a ground substances and forms part of the skeleton in adults. Can be found in the external ear, nasal septum and on the surface of bones. Facial reconstructive surgery
Eyes
Eye
The organ of vision Helps to restore vision to the blind
Heart
Heart
A hollow, muscular organ; the pump of the circulatory system Life saving transplant to those whose hearts no longer work
Kidney
Kidneys
One of a pair of purple brown organs, which are the major regulators of the water, electrolyte and acid-base content of the blood and indirectly, all body fluids. Life saving or life enhancing transplant with those who have kidney failure
Lungs
Lungs
One of two cone-shaped spongy organs of respiration. Life saving transplant to those who have end-stage lung disease
Pancreas
Pancreas
Contributes to digestion of all foods in the small intestine Life saving or life enhancing transplant for diabetics, which eliminates the need for insulin injections
Skin
Skin
The layer of tissue between the body and its environment. It is the largest organ of the body and essential to life. Life saving treatment for burn victims.


Southeast Tissue Alliance, Volunteer Guidebook
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
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