- Every year, 8000 Americans die because life-saving organs are not available for transplantation, 22 each day
- Right now there are nearly 120,000 men, women and children on the waiting list for life-saving organs in addition to thousands more in need of tissue and eye
- Every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list.
- More than half of those on the waiting list are from minority or multi-cultural populations
- In 2018, in the United States there were:
- 36,500 life-saving organs transplanted from 17,700 deceased and living donors
- 84,000 corneas transplanted
- More than 1,75 million tissue transplants from 39,000 donors
- Life-saving organs include heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small intestines.
- Tissue that can save or enhance a life include heart valves, veins, bone, skin and tendons.
- Anyone can sign up to be a donor regardless of age or medical history.
- The quality of medical care is exactly the same whether or not you are a donor.
- Organ donation is supported by almost all religions.
- Living donors can save lives through liver and kidney donation
- Donations of bone marrow and even your stool can save or enhance a life
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