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Organ donation

Due to a serious illness or accident, you, a family member or a loved one may suddenly find yourself dependent on a life-saving organ or tissue transplant. In Lower Saxony alone, more than 2,000 people are waiting for a donor organ.

Almost anyone can donate organs and tissue. There is no age limit. Only people who are infected with HIV, suffering from AIDS or have malignant tumors are usually not suitable as donors. It is not necessary to undergo a medical examination today if you want to donate organs or tissues after your death.

Organ and tissue donation is voluntary and a personal decision. Donation, removal and transfer of organs and tissues are clearly regulated by law. If you decide to do so, you should document this in writing in the organ donor card if possible. So you make it easy for your relatives, because otherwise they would have to be asked about the presumed will of a deceased person and decide in his favor.

Who should I contact?

An information leaflet with detachable organ donor cards can:

  • be ordered from the press office of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality (Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, MS) or
  • on the relevant website of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality.

What else should I know?

Further information on organ donation can also be found on the following websites.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)