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Organ and Tissue Donations

Laws vary from state to state. Kansas law says that you can include your wishes to donate your tissues and organs after death on your driver's license or in your advance directive. Kansas law recommends that all hospitals and doctors get your family's permission to honor your decision after death. It is very important that you talk with all the members of your family about your decision to donate your organs and tissues. Kansas law requires healthcare providers to ask about organ donation after the death of any patient.

Will being an organ donor affect my medical care?
Who pays for the added expenses?
Will organ donation disfigure my body?


Will being an organ donor affect my medical care?
Being an organ donor will not affect the care you receive. If you are injured or ill and are taken to a hospital emergency room, you will receive the best possible care, whether or not you are an organ donor. Donation procedures begin only after all efforts to save your life have failed and death has been declared.

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Who pays for the added expenses?
There are no extra expenses for the family donating organs and tissues. State and federal funds pay all costs related to organ and tissue donation.

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Will organ donation disfigure my body?
No. Organ and tissue donation does not change the way the body looks in the casket for the memorial service.

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For more information about deciding whether or not you would like to donate your tissues and/or organs after death, call the Midwest Organ Bank at 1.800.366.6791.