Organ Donation StatisticsEvery 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant wait list. That’s thousands of people waiting for an organ or tissue donation. Many people have found themselves in critical need of a new organ, including some names you might recognize, like Tracy Morgan, Steve Jobs, and former Vice President Dick Cheney. They were lucky to receive life-saving transplants from organ donors in time. On average, 22 people on that wait list die each day while waiting for an available organ to be transplanted.
How You Can Help
Practically anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, even infants and senior citizens! There is always a demand for kidneys, livers, hearts, and other vital organs. Simply enroll in your state’s registry when you’re applying for (or renewing) your driver’s license. You can also sign up online if you’re not in the process of updating your driver license or if you don’t have one yet. If you’re under 18, discuss this choice with your family. Minors will need consent for organ donation before they can get a donor card.
What Happens to Donors
If you decide to potentially save lives by becoming an organ donor, you should feel confident in that decision. Rest assured that if you get sick or injured, doctors will do absolutely everything possible to try to save you before collecting your organs. An organ donation could potentially save the life of up to 8 transplant recipients. The donor’s family won’t have to pay any fees associated with the organ transplant or the donation process, and your body will not be disfigured if your family wants to have a funeral ceremony. We know it all sounds a little scary, but it’s part of life, and you could save the life of someone else. If organ donation sounds like the right choice for you, register! Thank you for the selfless commitment to saving the lives of people in need.