Nationwide there are nearly 114,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and nearly 3,400 of those waiting are right here in our community.
The gift of organ, eye and tissue donation has the power to save and heal lives. It’s a generous and selfless gift – the gift of life.
If you are taken to the hospital after an accident or injury, it is the hospital’s number one priority to save YOUR life. Your status as a donor is not even considered until every effort has been made to try to save your life.
Your age or health should not prevent you from registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor – the oldest organ donor was 92!
All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and consider it a generous act of caring.
If you decide to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, your family will NOT have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.
One person can save and heal up to 75 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation!
When it comes to waiting for an organ transplant, we are all created equal. Wealthy or famous individuals cannot and do not get bumped up higher on the national transplant waiting list. Factors such as blood type, body size, location, severity of illness and length of time on the waiting list are used to determine the best candidate for an organ.
When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor you are making a legal decision and, even after your death, your decision will be honored. It’s important to talk with your family so they can be prepared to honor your decision at the time of your death.
If you haven’t registered to be an organ, eye and tissue donor your family will be asked to make a decision about donation on your behalf. Therefore, it is incredibly important that you have a conversation about donation and share your decision with your loved ones.
Organ, eye and tissue donors are heroes and are treated as such. The medical professionals who perform the recovery surgeries treat donors with the utmost respect, just like they would for any other patient. If you and your family were planning on an open casket funeral or viewing, these plans should not be affected by donation.