Being informed on the topic is the best place to start in promoting awareness. Here are some facts that really drive home the necessity and urgency of increasing donor awareness.
- 104,748 U.S. patients are currently waiting for an organ transplant; more than 4,000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.
- Every day, 18 people die while waiting for a transplant of a vital organ, such as a heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, lung or bone marrow.
- Because of the lack of available donors in this country, 4,573 kidney patients, 1,506 liver patients, 371 heart patients and 234 lung patients died in 2008 while waiting for life-saving organ transplants.
- Nearly 10 percent of the patients currently waiting for heart transplants are young people under 18 years of age.
- Acceptable organ donors can range in age from newborn to 65 years or more. People who are 65 years of age or older may be acceptable donors, particularly of corneas, skin, bone and for total body donation.
- An estimated 12,000 people who die each year meet the criteria for organ donation, but less than half of that number become actual organ donors.
If you know anyone who has questions or reservations regarding becoming an organ donor, Life Gift is a great place to refer them. Also, please visit the TK Foundation website to see how easy becoming an organ donor really is!
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