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Organ-Tissue Donation

Coroner Participation in Organ Donation Programs

Following the death of a loved one, many family members wish to participate in the anatomical gift donation process by authorizing the donation of their loved one's tissues or organs. Recognizing that organ and tissue transplantation saves or improves thousands of lives each year, the Sheriff-Coroner Department is committed to accommodating these requests whenever possible. A collaborative working relationship with OneLegacy, Orange County's organ and tissue procurement agency, the local law enforcement agencies and the medical community; enables the Coroner Division to carefully evaluate each case.

When an individual is on life support and death is imminent, the organ and tissue procurement agencies will work closely with the family to provide information and assistance regarding the donation process of vital organs. If the death has already occurred, and not more than 24 hours has elapsed, corneas, bone and skin tissue still may be used for donation.

Tissues For Donation & The Benefits

  • Cornea - Prevents blindness or restores vision.
  • Whole Eyes - Used in reconstruction of eye orbit or reconstruction of eye surface in contact with the eye. Utilized in medical training & research into the causes and cures for blindness.
  • Bone - Promotes healing, restores mobility and prevents amputation. Assists research into causes and cures of orthopedic defects, disease and trauma.
  • Skin - Promotes healing, prevents fluid loss and causes a decrease in infection for burn & trauma patients. Aids in reconstructive surgery.
  • Heart Valves - Used for replacement of defective valves. Graft does not calcify and there is no rejection of tissue. No long-term anticoagulant therapy necessary. Best for children.
  • Saphenous Vein - Restores blood circulation and prevents amputation.
  • Soft Tissues - Tendons, ligaments, fascia, or meniscus restore mobility and enhance life. Used in neurosurgery.

For further information regarding organ donation contact: Donate Life California


Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences (BEARS) Program

Brain tissue donation gives researchers one of the most valuable resources to study neurodevelopmental disorders at a cellular and molecular level. A better understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, can increase the ability to diagnose autism, produce new treatments, and ultimately find a cure.

For further information, visit the BEARS Tissue Program