One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating eyes and tissues.
Each year, more than one million people need lifesaving and live-improving tissues and eyes.
All major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.
Almost 115,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants, of these, nearly 10,000 live in the greater New York metropolitan area.
35% of New Yorkers age 16 and over have enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry as organ, tissue, and eye donors. Nationwide the average is 56%.
When matching donor organs to recipients, the computerized matching system considers issues such as the severity of illness, blood type, time spent waiting, other important medical information, and geographic location. The recipient's financial or celebrity status or race does not figure in.
It is illegal to buy and sell organs in the United States. The system for matching donor organs and potential recipients is regulated by the Federal Government.
On average, 22 people die every day while waiting for organ transplants in the U.S., and every 10 minutes another name is added to the waiting list.
Anytime you are in a hospital, doctors will do all they can to save your life. Donation occurs only after physicians who are legally not affiliated with donation declare the death of a patient.
An open casket funeral is usually possible for organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect, and dignity.