While April brings warmer days, spring showers, and several holidays, it also marks a significant month. National Donate Life Month is an important time to honor all those that have saved lives through donation, as well as encourage all individuals to register as organ, tissue and eye donors. Did you know that 90% of adults in the United States support organ donation, but only 60% are officially organ donors? In honor of this month and to raise awareness, we’ve outlined a few resources and the overall impact of organ donation.
Organ Donor Waiting List & Process
As of March 2020, over 112,000 people are currently on the national transplant waiting list and each day we lose loved ones due to the lack of available organs. While millions of people have registered, only 3 out of 1,000 people can become donors when they pass away. On the other hand, organs including a kidney or part of a liver or lung can be donated by living donors. More information about the deceased and living organ donation process can be found here.
Importance of Registering
Every 10 minutes, another person is placed on the waiting list. As time has gone on, the waiting list has unfortunately continued to grow. In 1991, there were 6,953 donors, 15,756 transplants, and 23,198 on the waiting list. And, compared to 2019, there were 19,267 donors, 39,718 transplants, and 112,568 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. The statistics are astounding and now more than ever, we must do all that we can to raise awareness and stress the important of organ donation. One person can donate up to eight lifesaving organs, which include two kidneys, two lungs, liver, heart, pancreas, and intestines. Through tissue donation, one donor can enhance or save over 100 lives.
At BIOLIFE4D, our ultimate goal is to eliminate the challenges of long donor waiting lists and organ rejection, by creating patient-specific, fully functioning hearts through 3D bioprinting. For more information and additional resources, visit organdonor.gov. And if you haven’t already, please be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for more resources and updates on our journey toward innovating heart disease.
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