Did you know?
Each organ donor can save up to eight lives, and each tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 75 people.
The benefits of organ donation are numerous. Each of the eight donatable organs -- lungs (2), liver, pancreas, heart, kidneys (2), and intestines -- can add years to a patient’s life and significantly improve their quality of life. Meanwhile, donated tissue such as tendons, skin and bones can be used to restore mobility and hope for combat veterans, burn victims, and individuals with failing joints. Corneas, the most common transplant, can also be donated and used to restore vision.
While not all of a donor’s organs or tissue may be suitable for transplant, even one life-saving gift can have a profound impact. Many people mistakenly believe age or medical conditions would rule them out, but everyone is a potential donor!
More than 9,000 Michigan patients have received a life-saving organ transplant in the past 10 years. Many tens of thousands more have benefited from tissue and corneal transplants.
It’s important that Michigan residents join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry so life-saving transplants can continue. According to the Secretary of State, the Michigan Organ Donor Registry is a confidential database of residents who wish to be organ and tissue donors. Joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry indicates your desire to be an organ, tissue and eye donor in the event of your death and gives your authorization to proceed with donation. Documenting your desire to be a donor saves your family the stress of making the decision in their time of loss and could potentially save the lives of many others.
More than 63% of Michigan adults have made the decision to help others by joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
Organs have only a limited amount of time to be transplanted, so proximity to the donor hospital is a factor when matching donated organs to recipients. Unfortunately, although more than half of Michigan adults are on the donor registry, certain counties have lower registration rates. In order to give every waiting transplant patient in Michigan the best chance of finding a donor, Gift of Life Michigan is working to encourage residents in all counties to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
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Each day, on average, 88 lives are saved by an organ transplant in the United States; but 22 people die daily waiting for a transplant that never comes.
There are currently more than 130 million people in the U.S. who are signed up to be organ donors. Having a large pool of potential donors helps increase the chance that life-saving transplants can be provided to some of the 115,000+ people on the national organ transplant waiting list and the 1.75 million Americans who receive tissue transplants annually.
Unfortunately, although the generosity of donors saves 88 lives each day, the need for organ transplants is outpacing the rate of donor registrations. According to Donate Life America, someone is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Because of this, it is critical that everyone who supports organ donation takes the time to register as an organ donor. It can be done in about a minute online.
Some people have misconceptions about becoming an organ donor that prevent them from registering. Anyone is a potential organ donor despite their medical conditions or history, and all major faiths approve of donation. Being an organ, tissue and eye donor does not affect someone’s medical care or ability to have an open casket funeral.