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Blood Vessels—The arteries, veins, and capillaries through which blood circulates. Blood vessels can be donated and transplanted.

Bone—Dense tissue that forms the skeleton and supports the body. Bone can be donated and transplanted.

Bone Marrow—A thick liquid substance found in the body's hollow bones, such as leg, arm and hip bones. Marrow consists of cells that develop into blood cells (platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells). Marrow for transplant is usually collected from the pelvic bone.

Brain Death—Brain death occurs when the brain is totally and irreversibly non-functional. Brain death is caused by not enough blood supply of oxygen which causes the brain cells to die.

 


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