Making Anatomical Gifts

Making Anatomical Gifts

Residents of all states are allowed to donate their bodies or organs for research or transplantation. Consent may be given by a relative of a deceased person, but because relatives are often in shock or too upset to make such a decision, it is better to have one's intent made clear before death. This can be done by a statement in a will or by another signed document, such as a uniform donor card. The gift may be of all or part of one's body, and it may be made to a specific person, such as a physician or an ill relative.

The document making the donation must be signed before two witnesses, who must also sign in each other's presence.

The donor may designate in the document who the physician is that will carry out the procedure.