Application to the donor program does not constitute acceptance into the program. Every effort will be made to accept the donor body; however, Midwestern University Body Donation Program or its representative may, at its sole discretion, decline a donation at the time of death. The durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent must be prepared to make alternative disposition arrangements (including all associated expenses) in the event that donation is declined.
The following is a list of conditions or criteria that will exclude a donation to the program.
- persons younger than 18 years of age
- death occurring outside the State of Arizona
- delay in notifying program of donor’s death
- case pending Medical Examiner
- autopsy or excessive trauma/damage to body (at program's discretion)
- amputations (at program's discretion)
- organ transplants (other than corneas)
- unhealed major surgery prior to death
- obesity (see chart below) and height exceeding 6’5” restrictions
- emaciation (excessive weight loss)
- excessive edema
- extreme jaundice
- pressure ulcers (bed sores) (at program’s discretion)
- active or history of hepatitis B & C or HIV/AIDS
- communicable diseases (active COVID, tuberculosis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, MRSA)
Midwestern University Body Donation Program may decline a donation if the donation exceeds program space limitations or capacity.