Currently, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. For specific numbers visit unos.org
- Approximately 71,219 Multicultural Patients* – Minority donors are needed
- Approximately 1,911 Pediatric Patients*
*as of January 2015
April is National Donate Life Month: Get In On It!
- Register with your state donor registry, if available.
- Designate your decision on your driver’s license.
- Talk to your Family. To help your family understand and carry out your wishes, sit down with your loved ones and tell them about your decision to be an organ and tissue donor. They can serve as your advocate and may be asked to give consent for donation or provide information to the transplant team.
Does Organ Transplantation Pay Off? You Bet It Does!
Honor Whitman summarized recent research into the benefits of organ transplantation in her article in Medical News Today, January 31, 2015. Select the highlighted link below to read the complete article.
“Little more than 50 years ago, the world’s first successful kidney transplant took place. Now, more than 16,000 kidney transplants take place each year in the US alone, indicative of just how far organ transplantation has come. Now, researchers have analyzed 25 years of transplant data to determine how many years of life have been saved by the procedure.
Who Can Be an Organ Donor?
Am I Too Old?
What About My Previous Health Conditions?
There are no age limitations on who can donate. Whether you can donate depends on your physical condition, not age. Newborns as well as senior citizens have been organ donors.
Transplant professionals will evaluate the condition of your organs at the time of your death and determine if your organs are suitable for donation. You should consider yourself a potential organ and tissue donor, no matter what your previous health history has been. If you want to be a hero in the life of one or many other people, read on.
Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people. Giving the “Gift of Life” may lighten the grief of the donor’s own family. Many donor families say that knowing other lives have been saved helps them cope with their tragic loss.