Fact: Organ, eye and tissue recovery takes place only after all efforts to save your life have been exhausted and death has been legally declared. The medical staff providing treatment at a hospital is completely separate from the donor program and transplant teams. This is both required by law and is part of ethical medical practice. The transplant team is not notified until the patient has died. In cases where the person is not a registered donor, the transplant team is only notified when his/her family has provided consent.