FACTS

In 2011 approximately  2,513,171 died in the America.  Just imagine if everyone of them gave the gift of life.

There are currently 117,002 people waiting for a life saving organ.  *1/31/20013

FACT: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor

FACT: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others

FACT: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.

FACT: Bones, Corneas, Heart Valves, Skin, Tendons and Veins can all be donated by tissue donors.

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: An open casket funeral is usually possible for organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect, and dignity.

FACT: Every state provides access to a donor registry where its residents can indicate their donation decision.

FACT: You do not have to put it on your drivers license to be an organ donor.  It’s as simple as letting those closest too you know about your donation wishes.

FACT: Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S. Violators are punishable by prison sentences and fines.

FACT: People can recover from comas, but not brain death. Coma and brain death are not the same. Brain death is final.

FACT: When in the hospital, doctors are not aware that you are an organ donor.  Only a social worker is aware of your wishes after you are pronounced dead.  If  you are not listed as a donor, only the social worker will approach your family to see if your wishes were to donate your organs.

Currently, more than 115,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. For specific numbers visit unos.org

According to research

  • Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
  • An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
  • 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
  • In 2011, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors resulting in 28,535 organ transplants.
  • In 2011, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.
  • 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.
  • 65,335 Multicultural Patients*
  • 1,735 Pediatric Patients*
  • 28,535 Organ Transplants Performed in 2011
  • 14,144 Organ Donors in 2011
  • More than 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2011
  • More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising

*as of December 2012

One of the biggest myths is that organ donors do not receive the same quality of care as non-organ donors.  Physicians and other health care practitioners follow the Hippocratic Oath, which in addition to many other ethical tenants, remind the health care professional to do no harm to their patient!

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