Get The Facts

Get The Facts


How it Works

The Georgia Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor registry is managed by LifeLink of Georgia, the federally designated non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that serves Georgia and two South Carolina counties. The registry coordinates with the Georgia Division of Driver Services and the Georgia Eye Bank to document and carry out each individual’s decision to donate.

Facts

  • One organ and tissue donor has the potential to save 75 lives.
  • Organs and tissue that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, nerve and heart valves.
  • LifeLink assumes all expenses related to organ and tissue recovery. There is no cost to the family.
  • LifeLink administers the secure Donate Life Georgia Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor database. Registered Georgia donors are provided with a username and password. Your information is never sold or shared.
  • Anyone can join the donor registry regardless of age or medical condition.
  • The first responsibility of medical professionals is to save lives. Donation is only considered after all life-saving options have failed.
  • All major religions support organ donation as an act of personal charity and/or love for neighbor. Click HERE to learn more. https://www.unos.org/donation/facts/theological-perspective-on-organ-and-tissue-donation/
  • Living donation increases the existing organ supply.
  • Donors are needed for all races and ethnic groups. Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background.

Learn more about living donation from one of Georgia’s transplant centers.

Who can be a donor?

Anyone can register their decision to save lives by joining the Donate Life Georgia organ, tissue and eye donor registry. If you are under 17 years of age, your parents will make the ultimate decision, but you can let them know your decision to be a donor and register at donatelifegeorgia.org.

How do I join the registry?

When obtaining or renewing a driver license at a Division of Driver Services office, register yourself online HERE. If you have an iphone with iOS 10, you can register from your phone using the Health app.

How do I remove myself from the registry?

If you want to remove yourself from the registry, click HERE.

How does the donation process work with the registry?

All Georgia hospitals are required to contact LifeLink of Georgia when they identify a potential donor. When LifeLink has been contacted, the Registry is checked to see if the potential donor has registered to be an organ, tissue and/or eye donor. If the potential donor is registered, this information will be shared with the family, and they will be consulted about the donor’s medical/social history. LifeLink then evaluates the medical suitability of the donor, manages the medical care of the donor until transplantation can take place, and consults the national database to match the donor and patients in need of a transplant based on medical criteria, such as blood and tissue type. Finally, LifeLink coordinates transportation of the lifesaving gifts to surgeons who will perform the transplants.

I want to be a living donor, how?