If the person has passed away and organ donation has been noted
Many New Zealander's have ticked "yes" to becoming a donor on their driver's licence however less than 1% of people who die can donate organs for transplantation.
Organ donation - can only happen when a person is on a ventilator in an intensive care unit and has fatal brain damage.
Tissue donation – (heart valves, eyes and skin) can occur in many more circumstances and can be facilitated a number of hours following death.
People of all ages may be considered for tissue donation and there are very few illnesses that would prevent such a donation.
Every year families in New Zealand generously agree to organ and tissue donation following the death of a loved family member saving or improving the lives of many grateful recipients.
A health professional from Organ Donation NZ is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions about donation or to facilitate organ and tissue donation.