We are the link between patients awaiting life- saving transplants and donors and the families who make the gift of life possible.
This animated video explains the transplant waiting list, how someone becomes a donor, the process of matching organs, and signing up to share the gift of life. The video was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA).
Someone declared brain dead is clinically and legally dead. Brain death is different than coma or persistent vegetative state. It occurs when a person has an irreversible, catastrophic brain injury, which causes total cessation of all brain function.
Laws strictly prohibit doctors who declare a patient brain dead from participating in the recovery and transplantation of donated organs.