300 people apply to recieve a transplant each month, and
are added to a growing waiting list. The number of people
requiring a life-saving transplant continues to rise faster
than the number of available donors.
Collisions that result in a tragic
outcome could end up saving and inproving lives. When you
donate your organs, you give someone else a most precious
gift - the chance to live. You should know your options
regarding organ donation and what affect this can have on
many other lives.
Organ and tissue recovery takes place only after all efforts
to save your life have been exhausted and death has been
legally declared. The Organ Procurement Organization (OPO)
is not notified until all lifesaving efforts have failed
and death has been determined. The family must consent before
the OPO is notified.
One organ and tissue donor can provide 7 life saving organs
and quality enhancing tissues for another 20 persons? These
Organs include: the heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas.
Tissues include: bone, skin, eyes or corneas and heart valves.