This New Year, consider giving a new life to another person through organ donation. Organ donation wait times are staggering, with kidney transplant patients waiting an average of 5 years, and over 20% of liver and lung transplant patients waiting even longer. Twenty-two people die each day waiting for a transplant.
There's more than one way to save a life
Although most organ donations follow a declaration of death, some organs and tissues can be contributed from living donors. With the dire need of life saving procedures and an ever-growing waiting list, both types of donations offer hope to families that are helplessly waiting for the salvation of a loved one.
How could you save someone’s life?
• Living donation
Living donors can donate skin, bone, healthy cells, one of their two well-functioning kidneys (the remaining kidney provides the necessary function needed to remove waste), a liver segment (the remaining lobe regenerates quickly to nearly original size), lung lobe (with volume/size matching), a portion of their pancreas, and a portion of their intestine.
• Donation following death
A host of tissues including corneas, skin, bone, and organs can be donated following death, depending on the type (brain or cardiac).
Signing up for donation is easy
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Learn more about live donation through the American Transplant Foundation. Sign up for traditional donation through your local DMV, via a living will through your attorney, or post-hospital admission. Through a living will, you can also advocate loved ones to make organ donation decisions for you if you’re unable.