Many people who need transplants of organs and tissues cannot get them because of a shortage of donations. Of the 112,000+ Americans who are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, approximately 100,000 need a kidney. The average waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor is 3 to 5 years. Organ and tissue donation helps others by giving them a second chance at life. Each of us has the power to save up to 8 lives by becoming an organ donor. Learn about different ways organs are donated.
Identifying yourself as an organ and/or tissue donor is simple. Simply visit the Donate Life America website to join your state’s online registry for donation. You can also declare your intentions on your driver’s license. Signing up online through your state registry or on your driver’s license is a good first step in designating your wishes about donation, but letting your family or other loved ones know about your decision is vitally important. Family members are often asked to give consent for a loved one’s donation, so it’s important that they know your wishes.
You can also consider being a living kidney donor. Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ or part of an organ to someone in need of a transplant. The donor is most often a close family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister. A donor can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or co-worker. Non-directed donors – those who donate anonymously and do not know their recipients – are also becoming more common.
Learn more about kidney transplants.
SOURCE: Donate Life America