The demand for organ donors is overwhelming. Over 20 people die every day waiting for an organ donor. The gap between the number of organ donors and the number of people waiting increases every day.
Did you know?
- 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives
- Over 18 people die each day waiting for an organ
- Many organ recipients live for more than 5 years post transplant
- Kidneys are the most needed organs, followed by heart, liver, lungs
- In many states, you have the option to donate all or some of your solid organs and your tissue.
Who can be an organ donor?
In the U.S., all individuals over the age of 18 can indicate their intent to donate. Persons under 18 must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s consent.
Are there other age limitations?
No, there are no age limitations on who can donate. From newborns to senior citizens, everyone can be a donor or recipient. The deciding factor on whether a person’s organs are used for donation is the person’s physical condition, not their age.
How do you sign up to become an organ donor?
- Check the box on your driver’s license to indicate your interest. Note, in some states you may be able to select which organs or tissue you wish to donate. Remember, you may also have to opt-in again when you renew your license.
- Enroll in your state’s donor registry
- Tell your family members and your loved ones about your wishes to be an organ donor so they can advocate your intent at time of death.
What can be donated?
Both organs and tissue can be donated.
- Bone Marrow
- Connective Tissue
- Heart Valves
- Peripheral Blood Stem
- Whole Blood
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