The FACTS on becoming a donor

-Whether in a hospital or at the scene of an accident, emergency medical personnel immediately begin life-saving procedures. All effort is made to save the patient at the hospital.

- Anyone, regardless of age can become a donor: Newborns and the elderly have donated vital organs that have been successfully. 

-While less than one percent of hospital deaths meet the criteria for organ donation (usually the patient must be brain dead), tissue donation is open to nearly everyone.

-Healthy adults between the ages of 18-60 can donate blood cells. 

-Even if you have had a serious health problem like diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer or even hepatitis you may still be able to donate at the time of death.

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

-Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S.

-Each tissue donor can enhance up to 50 lives.

-A single person may save up to 8 lives through organ donation.

-Living people can become donors too. They can donate a piece of their liver, one kidney, some skin and bone marrow.

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

-Organ donation is the final gift of love one can give toward others. It is a living legacy, and a priceless gift.

What tissues can be donated?

-whole eye

-cornea

-skin

-heart valves

-veins

-upper body bone

-bone and connective tissue

What  organs can be donated?

-liver

-kidneys

-lungs

-heart

-pancreas

-intestines

The Facts On Organ Transplants

-Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.

-An average of 79 people receive organ transplants each day but……

-18 to 21 people die each day in the U.S. while waiting for an organ transplant because of the shortage of donated organs.

-Despite advances in medicine, technology and increased awareness of organ donation and transplantation, the gap between supply and demand continues to widen.

-Currently, there are 120,00,000 registered organ donors in the U.S.

-To date, there are 123,343 people in need a life saving organ.

-In 2014, 29,532 people received organ transplants.

-14,412 people became registered organ donors in 2014.

-While cadaveric organ donation is always the first choice, a living person can also donate. This is called, living donation.

-Pediatrics account for approximately 4% of the national waiting list.

-Of Pediatric patients, more than 70% on the waiting list are waiting for either a liver or kidney, while the small bowel is the organ with the greatest increase in need. 

-When matching donor organs to recipients, the computerized matching system considers issues such as the severity of illness, blood type, time spent waiting, and geographic location. 

-The recipient’s financial status, race, or social status is not considered.

-Since tissue types are inherited, patients are more likely to find a matched donor within their own racial and ethnic group.

-African Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics/Latinos are three times more likely than Caucasians to suffer from end-stage renal (kidney) disease.

-According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ donation and 86% have heard of tissue donation.

-90% of Americans support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor.

 

You can make a difference. Become a donor today.

Make a donation to help others or make a donation in honor of someone you love! To make a donation in honor of a loved one,  Please include their name and their story and we will honor them in our tribute section and on our Facebook page.

All proceeds from your donation will benefit Dillon DiLivers Love.  Dillon DiLivers Love is a recognized  501(c)(3), not-for-profit status with tax ID #47-2298638 . 

For more information, inqure; Info@DiLiver.org.

Sources:

Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network

Organdonor.gov

DonateLife.org

AmericanTransplantFoundation.org

PediatricsPublications.org