Horatio Keys-Hospital Coordinator-Mississippi Organ Recovery Association

Horatio Keys is the Hospital Development Coordinator-liaison for MORA and partnering hospitals.  He received his AD in nursing from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and went on to receive a BS degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BS in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical College.  He is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and has more than 15 years experience in both hospital and critical care arenas.

The mission of MORA is to save and improve lives through the gift of organ, eye, and tissue donation.  MORA is a not-for-profit and a private organization.  Organ recovery and allocation is regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


Organ, tissue and eye donation is the process of recovering organs, tissue and eyes from a deceased person and transplanting them into others in order to save or heal the lives of those in need. Up to eight lives can be saved through organ donation. Another 50 – 75 lives may be improved through tissue donation. The vision of two people can be renewed through eye donation.


There are currently around 120,000 people in America waiting for organ transplants. Each day approximately 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant that would have given them a second chance at life with their families. A person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. In addition, each year hundreds of thousands of people benefit from donated tissue and corneal grafts that are used for life-saving, sight restoring and reconstructive purposes.


MORA staff members are on call every minute of the day, and they carry out most of the legwork required to pair matching recipients to organs as they become available. In the wake of loss, a MORA agent will be at the family’s side, making phone calls to transplant centers and answering any questions the donor’s family may have with compassion and professionalism.


Sharing your decision to become a donor is just as important as making the decision.  Joining the MS donor registry is more than just an expression of interest in becoming a donor, it is consent for organ, eye and tissue donation upon your death.  Losing a loved one is an emotional time for family members, if they are aware of your decision, it will avoid confusion on end of life decisions.  Additionally, by providing fmily members about your decision, family members are able to provide medical and social history as needed at the time of death.


No one should rule themselves out.  Being a donor is something to be celebrated and you are encouraged to register your decision with pride.  In the event that you are in a position to be an actual donor, medical specialists will evaluate your medical history and make a determination at the time what potential you have for donation.


If you are interested in registering, please follow the link below.