The gift of tissue and cornea donation touches the lives of more than one million people in the United States each year. One tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 people, by restoring mobility, healing burn victims, replacing damaged heart valves and more. The gift of cornea donation can improve or restore sight for individuals who have suffered ocular trauma or disease.
As a tissue recovery organization accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) manages all aspects of the tissue donation and recovery process. As an eye bank accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America, we also manage all aspects of the cornea donation process including recovery, evaluation and distribution.
The tissue and cornea donation process begins with a referral call notifying DNA of a patient’s death. At the time of the referral call, a donation specialist will work closely with the person making the referral to determine what may be possible for donation and transplantation. A patient’s donor registry status is also verified at this time.
If the individual made the choice to donate during his or her lifetime, our team contacts the family to gain additional information for donation. If he or she had not made the decision, the family is invited to make the choice about donation on their loved one’s behalf. Following determination of medical suitability and authorization for donation by the individual or family, donation recovery takes place.
Tissue and cornea recovery is performed by highly trained, skilled recovery staff. We are committed to handling donors and their gifts with care, and recoveries are conducted with respect and gratitude. DNA takes pride in honoring the selfless decision donors and their families make to offer hope and healing for many.