Transplants offer the gift of life

Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It’s a medical procedure that gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives.

In 2011, more than 28,000 organ transplants were performed, and more than 1 million tissue transplants occur each year. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation. Nearly 120,000 people are awaiting organ transplants, and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.

April is National Donate Life Month—a time to better understand the facts of eye, organ and tissue donation.

  • Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age, medical history or race.
  • If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the hospital’s number one priority is saving your life. Eye, organ and tissue donation would be considered only after you are deceased.
  • When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type and other important medical information, not your financial status or celebrity status.
  • An open-casket funeral is possible for eye, organ and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, dignity and respect.
  • There is no cost to the donor or his/her family for organ or tissue donation.

Learn more about eye, organ and tissue donation at

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