Organ Donation

The Gift of Life: Organ & Tissue Donation

Otsego Memorial Hospital is a participating hospital in the Michigan Gift of Life: Organ & Tissue Donation program.

Gift of Life is the state’s only federally designated organ and tissue recovery program, providing all services necessary for organ donation to occur in Michigan. We’re a non-profit agency working 24 hours a day as a liaison between donors, the state’s hospitals and transplant centers.

Gift of Life was incorporated in 1971 by Michigan transplant surgeons to provide a network for sharing kidneys. Today, Gift of Life recovers more than 900 organs every year for transplantation from 300 or more donors, saving hundreds of lives. Bone, skin and other tissue also is recovered, helping to significantly improve the lives of thousands of seriously injured and sick recipients. Gift of Life also works with Michigan Eye-Bank to manage cornea and eye donation.

In addition, Gift of Life maintains and grows the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in partnership with the Michigan Secretary of State. The registry is a confidential database of state residents who have expressed their desire to someday help others by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor.

In 2009, the generosity of Michigan organ donors resulted in 862 transplants and saved hundreds of lives.

Michigan patients waiting for a transplant as of February 1, 2010:

  • 2,385 – Kidney
  • 323 – Liver
  • 47 – Lung
  • 44 – Kidney/Pancreas
  • 90 – Heart
  • 15 – Pancreas
  • 27 – Kidney/Liver
  • 2 – Kidney/Heart
  • 2,933 Total

Want to know more, but have questions? The following is a list of FAQs provided by the Michigan Gift of Life Website: Understanding Donation – Frequently Asked Questions

For more general information about the Michigan Gift of Life program, please visit their website by clicking here. To learn more about how to become and organ donor, please visit your nearest Michigan Secretary of State’s office or click here.