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What Can I Donate?

Organ and tissue donation is vital to the health and well-being of many Nova Scotians. Each year, organ and tissue donation brings renewed hope and enjoyment to hundreds of recipients in Nova Scotia.

What organs can I donate?

Organs such as kidneys, the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and small bowel may be transplanted. Most organs come from registered donors who have died, but a living person can also give a kidney, or a portion of the liver or lung.

What tissues can I donate?

Corneas, sclera (the white outer covering of the eye), skin, heart valves, bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments can be donated. Donated tissue can be used to restore sight, cover eye injuries, treat critically burned patients, repair heart defects and restore mobility.

For a list of all tissues that can be donated view Recovered Organs, Tissues And Grafts (PDF)

For more information on organs and tissues, please read the Other Questions section.

Did you know?

  • As an organ donor, you can save as many as eight lives, and as a tissue donor, you can help as many as 50 others.
  • Living donation is also an important source of organs for transplant.
  • Currently, more than 130 Nova Scotians are waiting for organs. Countless others need life-enhancing tissues.
  • Donated tissues are used every day in operating rooms across Canada.
  • People of any age can be organ donors.
  • People up to the age of 70 can be tissue donors.
  • Organ and tissue donation can help grieving families find comfort in knowing some good has come from their tragic situation.