Save a Life, Become An Organ Donor
When you become a donor, you may save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance many others through tissue donation. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss.
Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes. Each day there are about 79 people receive organ transplants. However, 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. You have the power to change this through your donation.
LEARN THE FACTS: These facts from www.organdonor.gov can you better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:
- Fact: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. The transplant team will determine at an individual’s time of death whether a donation is possible.
- Fact: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider a donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others. » Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. » Fact: When matching donor organs to recipients, the computerized matching system considers issues such as the severity of illness, blood type, time spent waiting, other important medical information, and geographic location. The recipient’s financial or celebrity status or race does not figure in.
- Fact: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.
- Fact: Every state provides access to a donor registry where its residents can indicate their donation decision.
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