May 2020 – Case Managers

May 2020 – Case Managers

I lost a friend to a brain aneurysm several years ago, she was 37 years old. She was there one day with a huge smile on her face and gone the next. After facing the tragic reality that she was not going to wake up, her family felt that she would want to donate anything that could save or improve the life of someone else.  This was confirmed on her WI driver’s license so there was no question in the minds of her family. During her celebration of life her mother proudly shared that the last thing her daughter did before leaving this physical world was save 8 people’s lives, including 5 children, and improve the lives of dozens more through eye and tissue donation. I learned later how heart-warming it was for her family, including her twin sister, to hear from and receive cards from the   recipients of her donation.

Facts about Organ Donation:

  • You can save 8 lives through organ donation and over 75 through eye and tissue donation.
  • Registration is easy! You can register when you update your driver’s license or I.D.
  • Be sure your POA-HC forms are consistent and your family knows your wishes.
  • 60% of WI residents are committed to donating their organs, eyes and tissues upon their death.

Facts about Body Donation:

  • In order to donate you must complete a registration packet and submit it ahead of time.
  • Your family can have a funeral before your body is donated.
  • If you wish, you can donate your eyes to a person and still donate your body to science, however if you donate organs or tissue, you will be ineligible for body donation.
  • Body donation is an essential part of anatomy education for health care professionals and can’t be adequately replicated through textbooks, computers or animal dissection.
  • Sometimes bodies are declined due to being autopsied, organ donation or certain health conditions. In case this happens back up arrangements need to be made.
  • Facts about Brain Donation:
  • ONE donation can power decades of research there’s no physical disfigurement from donating.
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment, or who have a parent who has been diagnosed with these disorders will be considered for donation.

Enrollment in UW-Madison research studies (or being the biological parent to someone enrolled