Although there have been advances in medical technology and donation,
the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the
number of donors. For more information, read the summary below or
create a detailed data report on the UNOS Web site.
More than 100,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving
Every 11 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant
An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for
In 2008, there were 7,984 deceased organ donors and 6,218 living organ
donors resulting in 27,961 organ transplants.
In 2007, approximately 30,000 grafts were made available for transplant by
eye banks within the United States.
According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ donation
and 86% have heard of tissue donation.
90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the
essential steps to take to be a donor.
Learn the facts
Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and
inaccuracies about donation persist. Learn these facts to help you better
understand organ, eye and tissue donation:
Fact: Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical
Fact: All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue
donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one
priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be
considered after you are deceased.
Fact: When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what really counts is
the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other
important medical information, not your financial status or celebrity status.
Fact: An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors.
Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect
Fact: There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue
Fact: Signing a donor card and a driver's license with an "organ donor"
designation may not satisfy your state's requirements to become a donor.
Be certain to take the necessary steps to be a donor and ensure that your
family understands your wishes.
|"GIVE LIFE TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT"
|My Gift of Life was through a Heart and Double
Lung Transplant on
I have yet to hear from my donor's family, but
my Mother and I hope we have the opportunity
to thank them in person for their Gift to us.
|I would like to hear from other Transplant patients, both
pre and post transplant. Please include a PICTURE of
yourself.. Could I please put your story and picture on my
website. I want to help other people see that Transplants
do work and make a Difference in someone life..
|The Following Information is
from UNOS. I hope you will read
it and consider all those still in
need of a life saving transplant.
You can make a difference!
Be A Donor...
Give the Gift of Life!
Be A Donor (Some day you may need
a donor.) Your gift may come too late
if you didn't sign a card.
Sign your cards...don't wait!
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