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32 Could any of my organs or tissue be given to someone in another country?
Yes, possibly. There is an agreement that any organs that cannot be matched to UK patients are offered to patients in other European countries. Likewise, UK patients benefit from organs offered by other European countries. This co-operation increases the chance of a suitable recipient being found, ensuring that precious organs do not go to waste.
Tissue might also be offered to patients in other countries.
33 Does donation leave the body disfigured?
Organs and tissue are always removed with the greatest of care and respect for the person. This takes place in a normal operating theatre under the usual conditions. Afterwards the surgical incision is carefully closed and covered by a dressing in the normal way.
Tissue can be removed in an operating theatre, mortuary or funeral home. The operation is carried out by specialist healthcare professionals who always ensure that the donor is treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Only those organs and tissue specified by the donor or their family will be removed.
34 Is it possible to see the body after donation?
Yes. Families are given the opportunity to spend time with their loved one after the operation if they wish and this is facilitated by the transplant co-ordinator. Arrangements for viewing the body after donation are the same as after any death.
35 Does a donor's family have to pay the cost of donation?
No. There is no question of any payment at all. The NHS meets the costs related to the donation of organs and tissue.
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