Alaska Statutes.
Title 13. Decedents' Estates, Guardianships, Transfers, and Trusts.
Chapter 52. Health Care Decisions Act
Section 230. Rights and Duties at Death.
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AS 13.52.230. Rights and Duties at Death.

(a) Rights of a donee created by an anatomical gift are superior to rights of others except with respect to autopsies under AS 13.52.260(b). A donee may accept or reject an anatomical gift. If a donee accepts an anatomical gift of an entire body, the donee, subject to the terms of the gift, may allow embalming and use of the body in funeral services. If the gift is of a part of a body, the donee, upon the death of the donor and before embalming, shall cause the part to be removed without unnecessary mutilation. After removal of the part, custody of the remainder of the body vests in the person under obligation to dispose of the body.

(b) The time of death of a donor shall be determined by a physician or nurse under AS 09.68.120 . A physician who attends the donor at death and a physician who determines the time of death may not participate in the procedures for removing or transplanting a part unless the document of gift designates a particular physician under AS 13.52.170 (d).

(c) If there has been an anatomical gift, a technician may remove any donated parts after determination of death by a physician or nurse.

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