“Close friend” means any person 18 years of age or older who has exhibited special care and concern for the decedent and who presents an affidavit to the decedent’s attending physician, or the hospital administrator or his or her designated representative, stating that he or she (i) was a close friend of the decedent, (ii) is willing and able to authorize the donation, and (iii) maintained such regular contact with the decedent as to be familiar with the decedent’s health and social history, and religious and moral beliefs. The affidavit must also state facts and circumstances that demonstrate that familiarity.
     “Death” means, for the purposes of the Act, when, according to accepted medical standards, there is (i) an irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions; or (ii) an irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 755 ILCS 50/1-10

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • individual: shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.36
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • State: when applied to different parts of the United States, may be construed to include the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" may be construed to include the said district and territories. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.14
  • United States: may be construed to include the said district and territories. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.14

     “Decedent” means a deceased individual and includes a stillborn infant or fetus.
     “Disinterested witness” means a witness other than the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, or guardian of the individual who makes, amends, revokes, or refuses to make an anatomical gift, or another adult who exhibited special care and concern for the individual. The term does not include a person to whom an anatomical gift could pass under Section 5-12.
     “Document of gift” means a donor card or other record used to make an anatomical gift. The term includes a donor registry.
     “Donee” means the individual designated by the donor as the intended recipient or an entity which receives the anatomical gift, including, but not limited to, a hospital; an accredited medical school, dental school, college, or university; an organ procurement organization; an eye bank; a tissue bank; for research or education, a non-transplant anatomic bank; or other appropriate person.
     “Donor” means an individual whose body or part is the subject of an anatomical gift.
     “Hospital” means a hospital licensed, accredited or approved under the laws of any state; and includes a hospital operated by the United States government, a state, or a subdivision thereof, although not required to be licensed under state laws.
     “Non-transplant anatomic bank” means any facility or program operating or providing services in this State that is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks and that is involved in procuring, furnishing, or distributing whole bodies or parts for the purpose of medical education. For purposes of this Section, a non-transplant anatomic bank operating under the auspices of a hospital, accredited medical school, dental school, college or university, or federally designated organ procurement organization is not required to be accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.
     “Organ” means a human kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, small bowel, or other transplantable vascular body part as determined by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, as periodically selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
     “Organ procurement organization” means the organ procurement organization designated by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the service area in which a hospital is located, or the organ procurement organization for which the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted the hospital a waiver pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1320b-8(a).
     “Part” means organs, tissues, eyes, bones, arteries, blood, other fluids and any other portions of a human body.
     “Person” means an individual, corporation, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association or any other legal entity.
     “Physician” or “surgeon” means a physician or surgeon licensed or authorized to practice medicine in all of its branches under the laws of any state.
     “Procurement organization” means an organ procurement organization or a tissue bank.
     “Reasonably available for the giving of consent or refusal” means being able to be contacted by a procurement organization without undue effort and being willing and able to act in a timely manner consistent with existing medical criteria necessary for the making of an anatomical gift.
     “Recipient” means an individual into whose body a donor’s part has been or is intended to be transplanted.
     “State” includes any state, district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession, and any other area subject to the legislative authority of the United States of America.
     “Technician” means an individual trained and certified to remove tissue, by a recognized medical training institution in the State of Illinois.
     “Tissue” means eyes, bones, heart valves, veins, skin, and any other portions of a human body excluding blood, blood products or organs.
     “Tissue bank” means any facility or program operating in Illinois that is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, the Eye Bank Association of America, or the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and is involved in procuring, furnishing, donating, or distributing corneas, bones, or other human tissue for the purpose of injecting, transfusing, or transplanting any of them into the human body or for the purpose of research or education. “Tissue bank” does not include a licensed blood bank. For the purposes of this Act, “tissue” does not include organs or blood or blood products.