Each day, approximately 77 people in the United States receive organ transplants; 19 others die because of the shortage of donated organs.
Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people.
What Can Be Donated?
- Stem Cells
- Bone Marrow
Types of Donation:
- Organ and tissue donation from living donors
- Donation after brain or cardiac death
- Whole-body donation
Who Can Donate?
- Most people can donate
- You are never too old
- Medical conditions do not necessarily rule you out
- Steps To Becoming An Organ Donor:
- Register with your State Donor Registry, if available
- Designate your decision on your Driver’s License
- Sign a donor card and carry it with you at all times (download printable cards at: www.organdonor.gov)
- Talk to those closest to you about your decision to be an organ donor. They can serve as your advocate and may be asked to give consent or provide information to the transplant team
Families of organ donors often find comfort knowing that lives have been saved because of their decision and helps them cope with the loss of their loved one.
To learn more, visit www.organdonor.gov