An autopsy may be requested on some donors to determine the cause of death. If the death occurred in a suspicious manner or was the result of violence or accident, the medical examiner is consulted and he may also request an autopsy. An autopsy may provide valuable information that can protect the organ recipient and inform the donor family of the true cause of death. This information can be helpful in identifying potential health risks for the donor family. Your LifeNet Health transplant coordinator is available to answer any questions concerning the medical examiner’s report. An autopsy will not interfere with an open viewing or other funeral arrangements. Specific timing should be discussed with your transplant coordinator.
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