I have a chronic medical condition; can I still register to be an organ/tissue donor?
Yes! For any death where organ donation is a possibility and consent is given, there will be a medical assessment of what organs can be recovered.
A handful of medical conditions will rule out organ donation, such as HIV-positive status, actively spreading cancer (except for primary brain tumors that have not spread beyond the brain stem), or certain severe, current infections. However, for most other diseases or chronic medical conditions, organ/tissue donation remains possible.
Unfortunately, many people never indicate their wish to donate because they believe, falsely, that their age or medical condition would not allow them to donate. If you want to save and enhance lives through donation, the most important action you can take is to register your decision on Illinois’ organ/tissue donor registry.
If donation is not medically feasible, that determination will be made at the time of death.