Over the past decade, the need for organ donors has grown at an unprecedented rate. Even though there are more registered donors than ever before, the need still well outweighs the supply. Luckily, it has never been easier to register as an organ donor and help give people a second lease on life. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, or if you would like to register as an organ donor today click here!
What Kinds of Organs Can be Donated
As an organ registered organ donor, your selfless gift can help save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of dozens more. As an organ donor, you can donate two kidneys, two lungs, your liver (which can be used for two separate donations), your heart and your pancreas. These lifesaving organs can then be used for eight individual transplants. Donated tissue, including skin, bones, and tendons, are used to help burn victims and people suffering from a wide variety of injuries.
Kidneys are the most needed organ for donation, with over 83% of people on the waiting list in need of a kidney. The best part about kidney donation is that you can register as a living or a deceased donor. As a living donor, you can give one of your kidneys to someone waiting in dire need.
The second most needed organ is the liver, with just over 12% of people on the waiting list waiting for one. Livers, just like kidneys, can actually be given as a living donation. Modern day science allows doctors to remove a small portion of a person’s liver and use that portion for a transplant. The liver then regenerates in the body of the recipient and will become fully functional.
The heart comes in a distant third for need, with about 3% of people on the waiting list waiting for a heart. Every year, over 3,500 heart transplants take place, with over half of those occurring in the US. Heart transplants have become immensely successful, with post-op survival rates averaging approximately 15 years.
Lung transplants are amazing procedures. By donating your lungs, you are giving someone back their ability to breathe and live a full and free life. Lung transplants can help recipients immensely and can add 10 extra years to their life.
Pancreas transplants are one of the most successful procedures in organ donation. Pancreas transplants are 80-95% successful across all patients.
By registering as an organ donor, you are giving up to eight people the gift of life. As a living donor, you can see the impact of your donation in a person’s life, but as a deceased donor, you can do so much more. If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference or how you can register as an organ donor, visit the LifeCenter website today and contact us today!