Did you know that age is not a barrier to organ or tissue donation?February 18, 2015 // No Comments
Age is not a barrier to being an organ or tissue donor. People in their 70s and 80s have become organ donors and saved lives.
There is no upper age limit for joining the register and recording your wish to be a donor. It is the donor’s physical condition, not age, which is the deciding factor for most donations.
In the case of cornea donation there is currently an upper age limit of 80 years and there is also an age limit of 60 years for the donation of heart valves and tendons. For other tissue donation, such as bone and skin, there is no age limit.
Specialist healthcare professionals decide, in each case, which organs and tissue are suitable for donation. Organs from people in their seventies and eighties have been transplanted successfully. You can read more on the NHS Organ Donation Website.