Why a donation may be denied
Mayo Clinic makes every effort to accept all program-registered donors. Below are some reasons why the program might deny a donation:
- The potential donor has an infectious or contagious disease (such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, or prion diseases).
- The next of kin objects to the donation of the body.
- The body is not acceptable for anatomical study (extremely emaciated or extremely obese).
- The body has been autopsied or mutilated or is decomposed.
- Donations are not needed at the time.
- The donor is not in the Mayo Clinic anatomical bequest program's care within 48 hours of death.
- The donor was embalmed prior to arrival at Mayo's facility.
Mayo Clinic encourages all potential donors to have an alternate plan in case the donation isn't accepted.