Medical Examiners/Coroners

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Playing a critical role on our team

Medical Examiners and coroners play a critical role in helping advance the gift of sight to be given to potential donor recipients in need. Our collaboration should not impede your service to the public and we work hard to make the corneal donation process as easy as possible. The National Association of Medical Examiners advocates for positive collaboration between organ donation organizations and Medical examiners and we aim to provide a positive relationship.

LEBW will not recover on donors that are positive for COVID, if the donor tested positive within the last 28 days, or the donor’s cause of death is listed as COVID. All cases are carefully screened when there are signs and symptoms that cannot be explained by other conditions as well. We encourage all LEBW staff to get vaccinated and take mitigation precautions with mask-wearing and social distancing. This applies to our in-house employees as well as our recovery staff. In addition, we continue to monitor the CDC, FDA, and state and local guidelines daily for any updates or changes and apply those recommendations to the organization.


The Ideal window for tissue recovery is 12-hours or less.

Tissue becomes significantly less suitable for transplant after 12 hours and almost un-recoverable after 18.

Our recovery process is non-invasive.

We take great care to leave all medical interventions in place as to not disrupt other post-mortem processes. Our blood draws follow the same outlines

We have 24-hour recovery technicians.

Our recovery technicians are available 24-hours

Having excellent cooperation and coordination with our Medical Examiners and Coroners is essential to providing viable tissue for transplant. Our dedicated work together can help provide sight for someone in need. See our Eye Care Sheet for postmortem eye care steps.

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