Please fill out the form to register as an organ and tissue donor. By registering as a donor you consent to donate your organs and tissues at the time of your death. Organs and tissues will be recovered for the purpose of transplantation, however, in the event a donated organ or tissue cannot be used for transplant, an effort will be made to use the donation for research.
MORA remains committed, even through the COVID-19 pandemic, to continuing our mission to save and heal lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation. For those inquiring about how COVID has affected our day-to-day operations as well as our donation protocols, we hope you find the following informative:
MORA follows the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Mississippi State Department of Health with regard to COVID-19.
We work closely with our Medical Director on current transplant recommendations and monitor continually for updates on best practices as this virus evolves.
As always, MORA follows strict guidelines to ensure the safety of all parties involved in the donation process, including our donor families, transplant recipients, MORA staff, and hospital partners.
All potential donors are screened by our Medical Director, tested for COVID-19, and a medical history is obtained from the next of kin.
Based on studies conducted, the current information suggests a donor is unlikely to transmit COVID-19 to a recipient if it is 21 or more days after the date of disease onset (or after testing positive for patients with no symptoms).
Since COVID-19 is known for its effects on the respiratory system, lower respiratory testing is required and made available to lung transplant teams prior to transplant of the lungs.
You can still be a donor if you previously had COVID-19. Having been vaccinated against COVID-19 does NOT interfere with donation.
MORA’s dedicated on-site clinical suite provides a safe and sterile environment to continue our efforts toward donation while minimizing the burden on local hospital partners whose resources continue to be stretched as they respond to COVID-19.