How it Works
The Puerto Rico Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor registry is administered by LifeLink Foundation, Inc. dba as LifeLink of Puerto Rico, the federally designated non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that serves Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The registry coordinates with the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation’s CESCO Offices, and the Lions Eye Bank of Puerto Rico to document and carry out each individual’s decision to donate.
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 Puerto Rico Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor database. Registered Puerto Rico donors are provided with a username and password. Your information is never sold or shared.
The first responsibility of medical professionals is to save lives. Donation is considered only after all possibilities of saving your life have been exhausted, and after you are declared deceased, will donation be considered.
Major religions support and allow organ and tissue donation as a humanitarian act of giving.
Anyone can join the donor registry regardless of age or medical condition.
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.
- WHO CAN BE A DONOR?
Anyone can register their decision to save lives by joining the Donate Life Puerto Rico organ, tissue and eye donor registry. If you are under 18 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?
You can easily join the registry when obtaining or renewing a driver license at a CESCO office, or online, and if you have an iPhone with iOS 10, you can register from your phone using the Health app.
- HOW CAN I WITHDRAW MY NAME FROM THE REGISTER?
If you want to remove yourself from the registry, click LOGIN
- HOW DOES THE DONATION PROCESS WORK
When identifying a potential donor, all hospitals in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands must contact LifeLink de Puerto Rico. Upon receiving this call, the registry is checked to see if the potential donor is registered as an organ, tissue and/or cornea donor. If the information is positive, it will be shared with the family, who will be consulted about the donor’s medical history and social habits. LifeLink assesses whether the potential donor meets the criteria for donation and bears all expenses incurred by the donor until recovery can take place and consults the national database to determine the match between the donor and the patients who need a transplant based on medical criteria, such as blood and tissue type. Ultimately, LifeLink coordinates the entire process from the time the recovery takes place until the process is complete and the organs are shipped to waiting patients.
- I WANT TO BE A LIVING DONOR, HOW?
Click here for information on living donation. You can also contact your local Transplant Center for more information. Auxilio Mutuo
Privacy and Security
The Donate Life Puerto Rico Registry provides the organ, tissue and eye recovery programs in Puerto Rico with the authority to access the registry to determine if someone who has died was a registered donor. Donate Life Georgia does not sell, rent or otherwise share your name or personal information with any outside company or third party.
All information submitted to the Donate Life Puerto Roco Registry utilizes 256 bit encryption – a strong safeguard to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of data. Encryption scrambles data into an unreadable code. This data is only meaningful to those with a decipher key. Your privacy is very important to us, as is safeguarding all personal information. We secure information under physical, electronic and procedural controls that ensure the information is accessed only when authorized.
Additionally, Donate Life Puerto Rico uses Recaptcha or “I’m not a Robot”. The check box for “I am not a Robot” at the end of the registration process is an added security feature that helps ensure you are a real person and not an automated system attempting to send spam. When you see this, please click the box and follow the prompt.