Six-year-old Beckett Arp was a dinosaur expert, gracious friend and curious boy who “lit up the world.” When he died suddenly, his parents said choosing to donate his organs and tissues was a “no-brainer.” With the support of their family and community, the Arps have found hope and comfort knowing Beckett continues to live on.
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The Donation Process
The following outlines how deceased organ donation takes place. Each donation opportunity is different, but in general, the organ donation process can take a few days. Tissue donation is completed in about 24 hours after the individual’s death.
Live On Nebraska is notified by hospitals and other partners when an individual has passed or their family has made the difficult decision to end life-sustaining care. The potential donor must be in a hospital and supported by ventilation in order for organ donation to take place, however tissue donation is still an option for individuals who do not meet organ donation criteria.
We first check the Donor Registry to confirm that the potential donor is registered. If they are not registered, a family support coordinator works with the potential donor’s legal decision maker to decide if they would like donation to take place. If they decide to donate, an organ donor remains in their hospital room and continues to be supported by ventilation until the organs and tissues can be recovered.
We thoroughly screen each donor for which organs and tissues can safely and effectively be donated, review current health and past medical history, and talk with the donor’s family members to identify any conditions or lifestyle choices that could affect future recipients.
Organs that can safely be donated are identified through the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). The sophisticated program determines the best match by looking at factors such as blood type, size, medical urgency and distance from the donor.
Recovery & Transplant
Prior to the donation surgery, a moment of silence is observed to honor the donor and his/her generosity. Great care is given to respect the donor’s body and to maintain the condition and safety of the recovered organs. After surgery, the organs are taken to the recipient’s transplant center and transplanted immediately.
Our family support coordinators care for the donor’s family throughout the donation process, answering questions, creating keepsakes of the donor and providing any support that’s needed. Our Aftercare Program also provides grief support to families and honors the donor in the 13 months following donation.