The Facts About Organ Donation

We all want to be remembered – remembered for who we are, what we’ve accomplished and the difference we’ve made. One way to make a difference is to learn the facts about organ and tissue donation.

Facts about Organ Donation

Dispel the myths that prevent those in need from obtaining life-saving and life-enhancing transplants. Share your life. Share your decision. Become educated about organ and tissue donation. Discuss it with your family. Leave a legacy.

  • Approximately 102,512 Americans currently wait for a life-saving organ transplant.
  • Fifteen people on the national waiting list die every day, more than 6,000 every year, because there are not enough donated organs.
  • Every 13 minutes a new name is added to the national organ waiting lists.
  • Only 5,984 families dontated their loved one’s organs last year.
  • Organ donation increased less than 3% from 1999 to 2000., occuring in only 1% of all deaths in the United States.
  • Up to 80 people in need can benefit from one person’s decision to be an organ and tissue donor.
  • With recent advances in medical technology, many more people than ever before can be donors, even those over 70 years of age.
  • People between 18 and 49 make up almost 50% of the national organ waiting list.
  • Individuals over the age of 18 can indicate their desire to be an organ and tissue donor by signing a donor card or expressing their wishes to family members. Relatives can also donate a deceased family member’s organs and tissue, even those family members under the age of 18.
  • 22,827 heart, liver, lung, kidney, pancreas, and intestine transplants were performed in 2000.
    More than 500,000 Americans receive tissue transplants of bone, heart valves, tendons, ligaments, corneas, and skin annually
  • 46,000 sight-restoring transplants are performed every year.
  • There is no cost to be an organ and tissue donor. Donation is a gift. There are costs associated with the donation process.
  • Most of the expense of transplant is generated by the transplant procedure including hospital costs, surgeons’ and doctors’ fees, medication, and after care.

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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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