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Do you get to pick who your organs will go to after you die?

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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

You can pick a specific person for each organ.
As long as that person or those people are on a transplant waiting list and they are compatible, they can get your organs.

In brief: Yes and no

You can pick a specific person for each organ.
As long as that person or those people are on a transplant waiting list and they are compatible, they can get your organs.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

There are both a local and a national waiting list for solid organs.
The selection of most recipients is based on the types of organs involved kidney vs. Liver vs. Heart etc. The criteria are defined well in advance, and involve combinations of time waiting, severity of illness, and tissue typing characteristics, depending on the organ.

In brief: No

There are both a local and a national waiting list for solid organs.
The selection of most recipients is based on the types of organs involved kidney vs. Liver vs. Heart etc. The criteria are defined well in advance, and involve combinations of time waiting, severity of illness, and tissue typing characteristics, depending on the organ.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, sometimes.

Directed donation is the uncommon process by which a person's organ or organs are directed to a specific recipient.
The donor or donor's family must specify the recipient and the recipient must be on a transplant list and be an acceptable medical match.

In brief: Yes, sometimes.

Directed donation is the uncommon process by which a person's organ or organs are directed to a specific recipient.
The donor or donor's family must specify the recipient and the recipient must be on a transplant list and be an acceptable medical match.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Some states allow cadaver donors and their families to specify who has priority to receive organs.
These laws allow donors to give priority to friends and family members who are waiting on the transplant lists. You can not, however, specify groups based on specific criteria (age, religion, ethnicity, etc...) to either get priority or to be excluded as potential recipients.

In brief: Yes

Some states allow cadaver donors and their families to specify who has priority to receive organs.
These laws allow donors to give priority to friends and family members who are waiting on the transplant lists. You can not, however, specify groups based on specific criteria (age, religion, ethnicity, etc...) to either get priority or to be excluded as potential recipients.
Dr. Barry Browne
Dr. Barry Browne
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