Further procedure upon approval
The DGFG is currently coordinating the donation and removal of eyes (cornea), heart valves, blood vessels as well as bones, connective tissue and tendons.
The DGFG has a nationwide network of locations that enable tissue donation at almost any location. Tissue removal takes place in the surgery room or in pathology or dissection rooms. All employees are trained in the extraction of tissues, receive regular training and are registered with the competent authorities. For a corneal donation, an experienced employee removes the entire eye. The preparation of the disc-shaped corneal transplant is carried out by employees in the corneal bank.
Within the framework of organ donation, a coordinator is usually present on site to coordinate with the extraction surgeons and the staff of the German Foundation for Organ Transplantation. Organ donation always takes precedence.
Dignified care of the deceased
Important for every tissue donation is the reverent restoration of the body. The removed eyes are replaced by high-quality glass prostheses with the eye colour of the deceased, then the eyelids are closed. After a donation, the relatives always have the opportunity to say goodbye with dignity. A laying out and the performance of religious rituals are possible without restriction.