The age limit for organ donation varies based on whether it is a living or cadaver donation; for example, with a living donation, the donor must be at least 18 years old, and for most organs, the physical state of the person, not their age, is the determining factor. Specialist healthcare practitioners assess which organs are suitable based on case-to-case basis.
People in their 70s and 80s have had their organs and tissue transplanted successfully all over the world. When it comes to tissues and skin, age is normally irrelevant. Organs and Tissues can be donated by a deceased donor up to the age of:
- Kidneys, liver: up to 70 years
- Heart, lungs: up to 50 years
- Pancreas, Intestine: up to 60-65 years
- Corneas, skin: up-to 100 years
- Heart valves: up to 50 years
- Bone: up to 70 years