Signing a donor card

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:47 pm
Every person has the legal right to express his or her desire to be considered for organ or tissue donation upon death. This can be done by signing a donor card. A donor card is recognized as a legal document throughout the United States. By signing this card, the donor releases his or her family from the responsibility of making the decision on the donor's behalf. It is important that donors tell their family of their wish to be an organ or tissue donor. Although this is the donor's decision, at the time of death the next of kin will be required to sign a consent form. When faced with the death of a loved one, many families find comfort in organ and tissue donation. This feeling of comfort is even stronger when they know that their loved one supported this gift of life. Anyone can sign a donor card, regardless of age or medical history. For convenience, there is a donor card printed on the back of most driver's licenses. Approval of organ or tissue donation can be indicated by signing over the plastic cover of the license with a ballpoint pen. If the potential donor is under 18 years of age, a donor card must be signed with the consent of their parent or guardian. Should the donor change their mind at any time, they may draw a line through their signature on the back of their driver's license or destroy the donor card. For more information, contact a local organ donor center.

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