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Organ Donation Questions

By: Cynthia Hutchins and Kelly Hutchins

Organ donation is a very personal decision—there is no right or wrong decision—only the decision that is right for you. According to organ donation statistics on https://www.organdonor.gov, one-third of people who support organ donation do not have that choice documented. If you do not have your choice properly documented, it will impact your ability to make a donation upon your death.

Is There an Age Limit for Organ Donation?

There is no age limit on organ or tissue donation. In fact, about one-third of lifesaving organs come from people over the age of 50. One of the oldest organ donors was a 92-year-old man whose donated liver saved the life of a 69-year-old woman. Most major lifesaving organs come from living donors and trauma victims, which can happen at any age. The health of a donor and the manner of death is more important than age when it comes to donating vital organs.

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