CORONER PARTICIPATION IN ORGAN DONATION PROGRAMS
Following the death of a loved one, many family members wish to participate in the anatomical gift donation process by authorizing the donation of their loved one’s tissue’s or organs. Recognizing that organ and tissue transplantation saves and improves thousands of lives each year, the Sheriff-Coroner Department is committed to accommodating the requests whenever possible. A collaborative working relationship with the organ and tissue procurement agency, the local law enforcement agencies and the medical community; enables the Coroner Division to carefully evaluate each case.
When an individual is on life support and death is imminent, the organ and tissue procurement agencies will work closely with the family to provide information and assistance regarding the donation process of vital organs. If the death has already occurred, and not more than 24 hours has elapsed, corneas, bone and skin tissue still may be used for donation.
Special attention is given to Coroner cases where homicide and suicide are known or suspected because of law enforcement involvement and the potential of subsequent litigation. In these cases, the Coroner’s Office must ensure the circumstances, manner and cause of death are determined prior to release of the deceased to donor organizations for organ and tissue recovery.
ORGANS AND TISSUES FOR DONATION
CORNEA – Prevents blindness or restores vision.
WHOLE EYES - Used in reconstruction of eye orbit or reconstruction of eye surface in contact with the eye. Utilized in medical training and research into the cause and cures for blindness.