What Organs Can Be Donated?

One donor can save up to eight lives! Click on each organ to learn more about donation and transplantation.

Kidney

Learn about Kidney Transplantation

When people have end stage renal disease, they need dialysis in order to survive. However, many people with end stage disease are too sick to work or even enjoy life. A kidney transplant frees them from dialysis, and allows people to return to a normal lifestyle.

Liver

Learn About Liver Transplantation

People with liver failure need a transplant to survive; because the liver is like a "processing center" for nutrients, it performs essential functions for digestion and detoxification. There is no other treatment available for people who need a liver transplant.

Heart

Learn About Heart Transplant

The heart muscle is responsible for pumping blood (and subsequently oxygen) throughout the body - clearly important! People with congenital heart disease, congenital heart defects, or sever heart failure may be treated with a heart transplant.

Lung

Learn About Lung Transplantation

People with severe lung disease that cannot be treated with medicine or a breathing device may be helped with a lung transplant. Because we have two lungs, a transplant may only require part of a donor lung, one, or both.

Intestines

Learn About Intestinal Transplants

The intestines are vital organs for digestion. People with short bowel syndrome or who are dependent on artificial nutrition may be helped with an intestinal transplant, whether it be a segment of the intestines or the entire organ.

Cornea and Tissue

Learn About Cornea and Tissue Transplants

Skin, bone, heart valves and tendon tissue can be donated. Cornea donations ("keratoplasty") are a form of tissue donation that involve replacing damaged parts of the cornea, or the clear part of the eye.

Pancreas

Learn About Pancreas Transplantation

People with Type I diabetes may require a pancreas transplant. Though typically the entire pancreas is donated and transplanted, a living donor can donate a portion of it.

Living Donation

Learn About Becoming a Living Donor

Living organ donation is the process by which a living person donates an organ to someone else. The most commonly donated organs from living donors are kidneys. Living organ donors must be in good health to donate!

Multi-Organ

Learn About Multi-Organ Donation

Some transplants may involve more than one type of organ due to multiple related diseases or organ failure. It is not uncommon for lung-heart or kidney-pancreas transplants, for example.