What Can Be Donated?
One organ, eye, and tissue donor can save the lives of eight people, the sight of two, and improve the health of over 50 more. Without a donor, transplant surgeons cannot help even one person. Organs: Heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys and small intestines Tissue Grafts: Corneas, heart valves, bones: ulna, radius, humerus, femur, tibia, fibula and calcaneus, skin, veins and arteries, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments.
Donation Myths: Setting the Record Straight
- Your medical care will not be affected by your decision to donate. When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life, not somebody else’s.
- The donation process does not begin until death has been declared by a physician and confirmatory tests have been performed by the OPO. Brain death is the irreversible loss of function of the brain, including the brainstem. People DO NOT recover from death.
- All major religions support or permit donations, and most consider it the ultimate act of kindness and compassion.
- Donation costs you and your family nothing.
- People of all ages and medical histories can be potential donors. Medical professionals will decide at the time of death whether or not one’s organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation. Don’t rule yourself out.The organ allocation system is fair and equitable. Organs are placed based on blood and tissue match-ups, geographic proximity, medical urgency and time on the waiting list. It is a fair and equitable system. The only thing lacking is donors. That’s why it’s so important to sign up to give life on your statewide registry.
- When you sign up to be a donor with your statewide Registry, you ensure your wish to save lives will be honored. When someone adds their name to the state’s donor registry, they create a legally binding document, an Advanced Donation Directive. This relieves the family of the burden of making the donation decision.
- Add your name online to your statewide registry today, or when you apply for or renew your driver’s license to ensure that your wish to save lives will be carried out.
History of Transplantation
- Allografts have a long history of safety and efficacy in almost all surgical specialties – orthopedic, spine, sports medicine, cardiac, dental, cosmetic and several other surgeries.
- Allografts is a preferred option relative to metal, synthetic, or xenografts in some the surgical procedures, such as early correction of congenital heart deformations.
- Allograft usage has been increasing rapidly over the last several years. Approximately 875,000 allografts were implanted in 2001. That number had grown to more than 2.5 million by 2008.
- A single donor can impact the lives of more than a hundred tissue recipients.
- Allografts transform the quality of life of millions of recipients because of the generosity of more than 30,000 tissue donors annually.