Organ Donation Facts & How You Can Become An Organ Donor

These are the facts regarding organ donation according to Donate Life America:

Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about donation persist. Learn these facts to help you better understand organ, eye and tissue donation:

Fact: Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.

Fact: All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.

Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.

Fact: When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other important medical information, not your financial status or celebrity status.

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

Fact: There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.

There are currently over 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant and in the year 2012, there were 28,052 organ transplants performed.

90% of Americans say they support organ donation but only 30% know the essential steps to take to become an organ donor.

Every 12 minutes another name is added to the National Organ Transplant waiting list.

An average of 18 people die each day from lack of available organs for transplant.


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