Getting on the Organ Transplant Waiting List

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a national organ sharing organization that helps to match organ donors with those who need an organ transplant.

Waiting for Organ Transplant

The donor’s blood type, weight, and organ sizes are placed into the UNOS computer.

Only the patients that “match” the donor are then printed out with those listed the longest first. For more information on UNOS, look for their website at or call 1-888-TXINFO (1-888-894-6331).

After you have been placed on the transplant list, you will need to apply for a beeper.

This process generally takes 2-3 months.

When you get your beeper you will be sent instructions from the company on how it works and how to test it.

When the beeper goes off you will need to call the transplant paging office and ask for the transplant coordinator on call who will give you further instructions.

(Reference: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.

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After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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