Who can become an organ donor?

Organ donation is a lifesaving gift that anyone may choose to give, regardless of age or health status. People of all ages can become organ donors, though minors may not legally be added to the donor registry. In the case of organ donors under the age of 18, parents provide consent following the child’s death. You are never too old to become an organ donor, and donors may have existing health conditions, as previous medical complications may not affect all vital organs.

In some cases, people may choose to donate a kidney or part of the lungs or liver while they are still alive. Living donors often make the decision to donate organs to help a friend or family member who is a match.
All individuals can indicate their intent to donate an organ. Persons younger than 18 years of age require the consent of a parent or guardian to do so. Medical suitability for donation is determined at the time of death.
This answer is based on source information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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