Get The Facts
Get The Facts
How it WorksThe 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.
- 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.
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, online HERE, and 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 hospitals Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are required to contact LifeLink of Puerto Rico 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?
Click HERE to learn about living donation. You may also contact one of Georgia’s four transplant hospitals to learn more.