Types of Organ and Tissue Donations

Serving nearly 15 years in the field of human resources, Jill Marten accepted a leadership role at Baptist Health South Florida after serving for seven years at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as assistant vice president of human resources. Jill Marten continues to show her passion for medicine by serving on the board of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.

A part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency is regulated by the United Network for Organ Sharing and accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. The nonprofit organization provides organ donation and transplantation services to six counties within the South Florida region. Its work not only impacts families in need of organs and tissues, but also the research community and the advancement of medical science.

A single organ donor can impact the lives of up to eight people. The following organs and tissues can be recovered from registered organ donors.

1. Heart or heart valves. Patients suffering from weakened hearts or a decrease in heart function can benefit from a heart donation. Heart valves specifically go to babies.

2. Kidneys. Donating a kidney helps a person process excess fluids and wastes from their bodies without the need for dialysis. Patients with diabetes, end-stage renal failure, and hypertension benefit from kidney donations.

3. Corneas. Giving corneas can improve the quality of life for near-blind individuals. In addition, blind individuals have the opportunity to see again.

4. Skin. Donated skin often goes to individuals who have been severely burned. The tissue can safeguard the recipient from infection derived from the burns.