Why is registering as an organ donor important?
110,000 Men, Women, and Children
Are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant in the United States.
Die every day on average because an organ is not available in time.
Every 10 minutes
Another person is added to the national transplant waitlist.
Less than 1%
Of all deaths meet the specific medical criteria to be a donor.
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 button below.
How does the organ donation process work?
Donation can occur either after brain death is declared or after circulatory death. After brain death, machines keep one’s heart and other major organs functioning; there is no brain activity nor a chance for brain activity to return. Brain death is death. For donation after circulatory death, the patient is facing imminent death; there is no hope for a meaningful recovery and the withdrawal of life support has been elected.
What organs and tissues 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.
If you are taken to a hospital after an injury or medical crisis, it is the doctor or an EMT’s utmost priority 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: Anyone can register to be an organ and tissue donor.
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: Everyone is equal.
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: There is no policy or federal regulation that excludes a specific person or community from donating organs.
Your sexual preference does not affect whether or not you can be a donor. What matters is the health of the organs.
FACT: Make your decision known. Share that you are a registered organ donor.
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: Your family will be asked to make a decision on whether or not you will be a donor.
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: There is no cost to your family.
If you are eligible to be an organ and tissue donor, your family will not have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.