Organ Donation Awareness
Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person. Transplantation is one the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs an tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation. Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active an renewed lives.
Did you know:
- More than 120,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants.
- Every 10 minutes another name is aded to the national organ transplant waiting list.
- An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
- In 2012 there were 14,013 organ donors resulting in 28,052 organ transplants.
- In 2012, more than 46,000 corneas were transplanted.
- More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising.
- According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ donation and 86% have heard of tissue donation.
- 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor.