Kim Englehart, Tissue Recipient

Why Consider Donation

Nationally, more than 114,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Sadly, 20 people die each day waiting.

 

The impact of one organ and tissue donor is extraordinary.

One person can:

  • save up to eight lives through the donation of lungs, liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines
  • impact the lives of 50 or more people through tissue donation. For example,
    • heart valves can be transplanted into children born with congenital heart defects
    • skin tissue can be used to heal burn victims and for those who suffer from a disfiguring injury or disease
  • restore sight to those whose vision has been compromised through corneal donation

 

YOU can make a difference.

Surveys indicate 95 percent of individuals in the US  express their strong support of organ and tissue donation. Yet only 38 percent of eligible Tennesseans have actually registered to become donors – considerably below the national average of 54 percent. Imagine the number of lives that can be changed if we close that gap in Tennessee!

Anyone can be a donor. There are no age limits. There are no physical or medical requirements. There is no waiting period or test.

All you need is the will to save a life.

 

Organ and tissue donation are one of the greatest gifts you can ever give.

 

 

Facts About Organ Donation

Despite continuing efforts at public education­­–misconceptions & inaccuracies about donation persist. Learn these facts to better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:

 

Fact: A national system with strict standards (United Network for Organ Sharing) is in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs. Organs are matched by blood and tissue typing, organ size, medical urgency, waiting time, and geographic location.

Fact: People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated.

Fact: Organs and tissue that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, nerve, and heart valves.

Fact: Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions.

Fact: An open-casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.

Fact: There are no hospital-associated costs to the donor’s family or estate for organ and tissue donation.

Fact: If you are sick or injured, the hospital’s number one priority is to save your life. Organ and tissue donation can only be considered after death is declared by the physician.

Fact: Information about an organ donor is only released to the recipient if the donor’s family requests or agrees to it. Otherwise, a patient’s privacy is maintained for both donor families and recipients.

Fact: Donors are needed for all races and ethnic groups. Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background.

 

 

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

– MOTHER TERESA