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Organ Transplant & Donation Facts

  • A single organ and tissue donor may save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people.
  • A kidney, a portion of the liver, and bone marrow can each be transplanted from living donors.
  • About three-quarters of all live donors are relatives of their recipient, most commonly a brother or sister.
  • An average of 21 people die every day while waiting for a transplant, simply because the organ they needed did not become available in time.
  • On average, one person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
  • People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated. Even those who have received an organ transplant themselves may be an organ donor.
  • More than 123,000 people currently are waiting for organ transplantation; with thousands more in need of tissue and corneal transplants. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alone has more than 8,500 residents awaiting transplantation.
  • You have the power to save lives and improve the quality of life of those in need of any form of transplant.
​Source: Donate Life

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