Tissue, such as skin, musculoskeletal tissue and heart valves can be recovered from brain dead donors who can also donate solid organs.
If a donor is declared to have died because his or her heart stopped beating (not brain death), then the individual can only be a potential tissue and eye (cornea) donor.
Unlike the waiting list for organs, there is no formal database for those who need a tissue transplant.
But at a moment’s notice, tissue has to be made available.
For example, in the case of a burn victim, the availability of skin can mean the difference between survival and death. In these cases, authorization for donation is sought by phone by members of LiveOnNY's 24-hour Donor Center.