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Some people who are critically ill need an organ transplant to live. But there are a lot more organs needed than are available. Many people choose to donate organs or tissue upon their death.
The following tips can help you plan to be an organ donor.
Many provinces give you the option to become a donor when you apply for a driver's licence or when you renew your licence. Other provinces have a form you can fill out in person or online and file with your provincial organ donor registry. Either way, your name goes on a list of possible donors, and your status is noted on your driver's licence or provincial health care card. If you are interested in donating organs or donating tissues after your death, you can add your name to the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry.
Include your wish to be an organ donor when you prepare an advance care plan.
People of any age can register to be organ donors. In many provinces there's no minimum age, though an adult might have to sign for someone under age 18. There may be an upper age limit, depending on your province and the type of organ.
You can choose what organs and tissues you would like to offer for donation. Or you can choose to donate any organs that are needed. You can also choose to donate for transplant, for research, or for educational purposes.
Organs to donate include:
Tissues to donate include:
Blood products include:
Adaptation Date: 8/17/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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