- Donor heart usually comes from people who are “Brain Dead” (brain is not functioning).
- When some person is declared “Brain Dead” a permission for organ donation is obtained from his/her family.
- Until the transplant team arrives, machines keep the heart and other organs functioning.
- To obtain the heart in the best possible condition; the team needs to move quickly.
- Therefore, you will only receive a few hours’ notice of your transplant.