The decision to register as an organ and tissue donor has the potential to save a life or significantly improve the quality of life for someone in need.



  • There are about 115,000 individuals waiting for life-saving transplants, 4000 in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. 
  •  About 22 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. 
  • One organ donor can save as many as eight lives. 
  • One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people. 
  • There’s no cost to the donor or their family for organ and tissue donation. 
  • You can be a donor at any age. 
  • Celebrity and financial status are not factors in receiving a transplant. 
  • Donation is possible with many medical conditions. 
  • A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs. 


  1. Learn what you can about organ and tissue donation.
  2. Only when all efforts to save your loved one’s life have failed, the hospital contacts the Mid-South Transplant Foundation.
  3. A specially-trained evaluator determines if he/she is suitable for donation.
  4. The donor registry is checked by the Mid-South Transplant Foundation to see if your loved one is registered.
  5. If your loved one is not registered, then your family makes the decision.
  6. Once registration is confirmed and/or your family gives approval, the national search begins for a recipient.
  7. Surgical teams remove the available organs and tissues then perform the transplants.
  8. Your family can proceed with funeral plans.
  9. Your family will receive a letter with outcomes of your loved one’s gifts of hope and life.