Facts about Organ Donation
- One organ donor can save up to eight lives.
- The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes.
- More than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants. [Solid Organs: Hearts, kidneys, pancreases, lungs, livers and intestines].
- On average, 18 people die every day while waiting for organ transplants in the U.S., and every 10 minutes, another name is added to the waiting list.
- Each year, more than one million people need lifesaving and life-improving tissues, and eyes. [Tissues: Heart valves, cardiovascular tissue, bone and soft musculoskeletal tissue, and skin.]
- Anytime you are in a hospital, doctors will do all they can to save your life.
- Donation only occurs after the death of a patient is declared by physicians who are legally not affiliated with donation.
- The factors that determine who receives an organ include severity of illness, time spent on the waiting list, and blood type.
- Financial or celebrity status has no bearing on determining who receives a transplant.
- Donation takes place under the same sterile conditions as any medical procedure.
- A donor’s body is never disfigured and donation does not interfere with funeral arrangements. Open casket services are possible.
- If you’re a donor, your family does not pay any bills related to donation.
- All major religions support donation.
- It is illegal to buy and sell organs in the U.S.
- The system for matching donor organs and potential recipients is regulated by the Federal Government.
- The success rate for organ transplants is between 80 and 90 percent. - See more at: http://www.donatelifeny.org/about-donation/quick-facts-about-donation/#sthash.kdYLCGKR.dpuf
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