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April 26, 2013

Important Steps to Clarify Your Wishes for Organ Donation

If you want to become an organ upon your death, you need to do more than including an organ donation provision in your will. Wills are often not located or read immediately after a person’s death when decisions regarding disposition have already been made. If you are serious about becoming an organ donor you should identify yourself as an organ donor on your driver’s license and execute an advance directive which clarifies your wishes for organ donation including whether you want your organs and/or tissues used for one or more of the following purposes: transplantation, therapy, research, or medical education. You should also discuss your wishes for organ donation with your health care agent, the person named in your advance directive to make health care decision on your behalf when you are unable to make them for yourself. In addition, those who are interested in donating their body for medical education and research should pre-register with the Anatomy Board of Maryland.