Right now, nearly 1900 Tennesseans wait for vital organ transplants. They are among the nearly 100,000 people across the U.S. hoping for a second chance at life. Tragically, one third of them will die waiting.
You have the power to save lives. Register today to become an organ and tissue donor! Your generosity can save up to eight lives through organ donation and greatly improve the quality of life for 50 more through tissue and cornea donation.raph here.
New Hampshire- https://www.dmv.org/nh-new-hampshire/organ-donor.php
New Jersey- http://donatelifenj.org
New Mexico- http://donatelifenm.org
New York- http://www.liveonny.org
North Carolina- https://www.donatelifenc.org
North Dakota- http://www.donatelifemidwest.org/nd
Rhode Island- http://riodac.org
South Carolina- http://www.donatelifesc.org
South Dakota- http://www.donatelifemidwest.org/sd
West Virginia- http://donatelifewv.org
Organ transplants save lives. Also, donor families tell us that the act of donation helps them in their grieving process. It does not take away the pain of their loss; however, it does help them to know that someone else is alive because of their loved one’s donation.
On average, twenty two people die every day in the U.S. while awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.
Tissue transplants improve the quality of life of the recipient, except for skin, which saves more lives than all tissues and organs combined
Dr. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in the United States in 1950.
In 1963, Dr. Thomas Starzl performed the first human liver transplant.
The waiting list for organ transplants is growing at the rate of 4,000 per month. Another name is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
Corneal transplants were reported as early as 1880, and in 1905 Edward Zirm, an Austrian ophthalmologist, restored sight to a workman blinded by lime. Now, at least 40,000 corneal transplants are performed annually from 100 eye banks across the United States.
Organ and tissue transplantation is an accepted form of medical treatment. The future of donation and transplantation is dependent upon the continued support from both the medical community and the general public. As an individual, you can help by signing up online and talking to your family about donating life.
More than 30,000 patients began new lives in 2015 thanks to organ transplants, over 850 in the state of Tennessee.
Also in 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christian Bernard in Cape Town, South Africa, , using techniques pioneered at Stanford University by Drs. Norman Shumway and Richard Lower..
The first lung transplant was performed by Dr. James D. Hardy in 1963
The total number of patients waiting for an organ transplant today numbers more than 121,000. More than one-third of them will die before a donor can be found. More than 600 of them are 5 years old or younger. (Based on OPTN data as of April 22, 2016)