When and How the organ donation happen ?

Following a family’s agreement to donation, the donor co-ordinator for Organ. The donor coordinator obtains the medical information about the patient who is donating, liaises with the transplant teams and organizes the organ retrieval operation. The family may spend time with their loved one, if they wish, following the donation. Organ and tissue donation will not interfere with the funeral arrangements, including an open coffin, or having their loved one at home.

The length of time donated organs and tissues can be kept outside the body, before transplantation is to occur, vary:

  • Heart: 4-6 hours
  • Liver: 12-24 hours
  • Kidney: 48-72 hours
  • Heart-Lung: 4-6 hours
  • Lung: 4-6 hour

Common transplantations include: kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, bones, bone marrow, skin, and corneas.

Organ/Tissues Age (years)
Eyes 10-85
Heart Upto 65
Lungs Upto 70
Kidney All Ages
Pancreas Upto 45
Skin All Ages
Liver All Ages