Why is registering as an organ donor important?

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110,000 Men, Women, and Children

Are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant in the United States.

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20 People

Die every day on average because an organ is not available in time.

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Every 10 minutes

Another person is added to the national transplant waitlist.

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Less than 1%

de las personas que mueren son elegibles para donar.

what one organ donor can do

95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 58% are registered.

Just one donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and heal as many as 75 through tissue donation. Registering as a donor is quick and easy! You can sign up at the DMV, on the Health app of your iPhone, or online by clicking the the button below.

Cómo es el proceso de donación de órganos.

La donación puede ocurrir después que se declara muerte cerebral o circulatoria. Después de la muerte cerebral, las máquinas mantienen el corazón y otros órganos principales funcionando; no hay actividad cerebral ni posibilidad de que la actividad cerebral regrese. La muerte cerebral es muerte. Para la donación después de la muerte circulatoria, el paciente se enfrenta a una muerte inminente; no hay esperanza de una recuperación significativa y la familia decide retirar el respirador artificial.

What organs and tissues can be donated?

organs that can be donated

Debunk the myths and get the facts on organ donation!

Myths and misinformation can deter someone from signing up as a donor or donating their loved one’s organs. The result of this is more sick people waiting and dying on the transplant waitlist.

You can help save and heal lives by dispelling the myths and sharing the facts about donation with your friends and family.

FACT: Your life is always first.

Si lo llevan al hospital después de una lesión o una crisis médica La prioridad de los médicos to save your life. They are not involved in the organ and tissue donation or transplantation process and do not know your donor status. Your status as a donor is not considered until every effort has been made to save your life.

FACT: All major faiths support organ donation and is considered a generous act of kindness.

Learn how each faith accepts and visitas a la donación de órganos.

FACT: Cualquier persona puede inscribirse como donante de órganos y tejidos.

Your age or health should not prevent you from registering to be an organ and tissue donor. Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor. Let the medical professionals decide what can be recovered and transplanted to save or heal someone in need.

FACT: Todos somos iguales.

When it comes to waiting for an organ transplant, the system in place treats us as equals. Rich or famous individuals cannot and do not get priority on the national transplant waitlist. Factors such as blood type, body size, location, severity of illness, and length of time on the waitlist are used to determine the best candidate for an organ. Purchasing and/or selling organs in the United States is illegal.

FACT: You can have an open casket funeral and your body is treated with the utmost respect.

The medical professionals who perform the recovery surgeries treat donor patients with the utmost respect, just like they would for any other patient. Open casket funerals are still possible after donation.

FACT: No existe una política o regulación federal que excluya a una persona o comunidad específica de donar órganos.

Su preferencia sexual no afecta si usted puede o no ser un donante. Lo que importa es la estado de salud de los órganos.

FACT: Haga su decisión pública. Comparta que se ha inscrito como donante de órganos.

When you register to become an organ and tissue donor you are making a legal decision that can save lives. Your decision is an advance directive. It is important to talk with your family and loved ones about your decision to be an organ and tissue donor so that they are prepared to honor your decision should you be in an eligible position to give the gift of life.

FACT: Se le pedirá a su familia que tome una decisión acerca de si usted debe ser donante.

If you did not register as an organ donor, your family will be asked to make a decision on your behalf during a very difficult time. Talking with your family and friends about donation makes them aware of your wishes and can make their decision easier.

FACT: No hay costo para su familia.

Si usted es elegible para ser donante de órganos y tejidos, su familia no tendrá que pagar ningún gasto médico asociado con la donación.

FACT: Registering as an organ donor has never been faster and easier.

You can register at the DMV, en línea, o incluso en su iPhone a través de la aplicación de salud.