Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation
Get informed. Have a conversation. Know how to register.
Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donations in Montana:
- Montana currently leads the nation in donor designation. Montanans generosity is clearly demonstrated with 87% of the population, 18 and older, being registered as organ, eye, and tissue donors.
- In 2014, 30 donors from Montana saved 99 lives.
- You can give back to your community by helping others to understand how donation can save and heal lives. Get informed at www.lcnw.org, or calling 877-275-5269 for resources.
- Get a conversation going. Share what you learn with family and friends. Use resources from http://www.lcnw.org/about/advocate-in-your-community/ to educate your community.
- Do you have a connection to donation and want to share your story? See our website and Stories of Hope: http://www.lcnw.org/stories/
- Over 123, 000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, including 257 Montanans.
- Sadly, 21 people die each day waiting for a life-saving organ transplants.
- One donor can save 8 lives through organ donation and help heal many more lives through tissue and cornea donation.
Who can be an organ, eye, and tissue donor?
Anyone can register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor regardless of age, ethnicity, or medical history.
How do I become a registered organ, eye, and tissue donor?
- Register online at www.lcnw.org.
- Call toll-free at 1-877-275-5269 and request a brochure to fill out and return.
- Say YES to donation when renewing your driver’s license. Residents who already have a heart on their driver’s license are automatically added to the LifeCenter Northwest Registry.
Is there any cost to the family for donation?
There is no cost to the donor's family for organ, eye, and tissue donation.
What if an individual is a registered donor, but their family is opposed to donation?
If you are 18 or older, registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor provides legal authorization for donation and transplantation that family cannot override. Donor families are supported through the donation process to honor the gift of life.
Will I receive all emergent medical and life saving treatment if I am registered?
If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye, and tissue donation can only be considered after death is determined.
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LifeCenter Northwest is one of the 58 federally-designated non-profit organ procurement organizations (OPO) in the United States. LifeCenter Northwest saves lives by facilitating recovery of organs and tissues in Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho, and Washington. LifeCenter Northwest strives to increase donation to help more than 123,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant.