David Waits, HEART RECIPIENT
FACTS & FAQS
Today there are more than 123,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant.
- A single donor can potentially enhance the lives of up to 50 more through tissue donation.
- Everyone is a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
- 50% of all patients waiting for organ transplants are minorities.
- The number one priority of a hospital is to save your life if you are sick or injured. Donation can only be considered after you are declared dead and your family has been consulted.
- In 2016, more than 33,600 organs were donated providing life-saving organ transplants and more than one million Americans received a life-changing tissue transplant.
- All major religions support donation and view it as a final act of love and generosity towards others.
- There is no age limit on who can donate.
- Patients awaiting an organ transplant are considered for transplant based on the severity of their illness, time spent on the waiting list, blood type and other important medical information, not economic or social status.
- There are no costs to the donor’s family for organ and tissue donation. The transplant recipient's health insurance policy, Medicare, or Medicaid usually covers the cost of donation and transplant.
- Donation does not change the appearance of the loved one’s body. It does not interfere with having a funeral, including open casket services.
- Your State's Donor Registry is an advance directive. If an individual is over the age of 18 and has added his or her name to the registry, the family cannot override their loved one's decision to donate.