Every day, SightLife and our partners work towards the goal of bringing the gift of sight to those in need worldwide. As a medical examiner or coroner, you are in a position to help facilitate these sight-restoring transplants. SightLife and the local medical examiner / coroner authorities share a common goal to serve our local communities; in this spirit, cornea donation should not conflict with the medicolegal death investigation. By partnering to establish effective and timely communication of the donation process, we can ensure that the needs of the medicolegal investigator, grieving donor families and cornea blind can all be accomplished.
The Scientific Working Group for Medicolegal Death Investigation has published an official position paper regarding the interactions between organ, eye and tissue donation agencies. You can access these standards here. For more information about the Scientific Working Group for Medicolegal Death Investigation, their website is www.swgmdi.org.
When a person has indicated his or her decision to become a donor—most often done by indicating their wishes on their driver's license—they have made a legally binding commitment to make an anatomical gift. During such an emotional time, most families are relieved to know that the decision to donate has already been made by their loved one. However, there are times when a family may question that decision. In those instances, we’ll work closely with families to help them understand and follow the state laws that govern a person's decision to donate. Below are links to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) for the states in our region:
We constantly work with a number of special partners who have programs to support more families with donation opportunities in their communities. These partners have established special referral programs and policies to ensure more people in their community have the opportunity for cornea donation and transplantation. We are honored by their dedication.
We are honored to be affiliated with these organizations: