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.
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.
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.