By: Isabelle Titus
WHAT IS ORGAN DONATION?
Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or part of an organ to another person for transplantation into that person's body. It can occur with a deceased donor, who can give kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, and intestinal organs. It can also occur with a donor who is living, in which the donated organs are kidney, portion of the liver, lung, intestine, or pancreas.
FACTS ABOUT ORGAN DONATION
- It can only occur if the donor and the person in need of the organ have the same blood type. The organ has to be able to fit into the person's body and the two people have to be roughly the same size
- There is no cost to the donor's family or estate for organ or tissue donation
- Living donation increases the existing organ supply
- Donors are needed for all races and ethnic groups
- 21 people die every day waiting for a transplant
- 1 organ donor saves 8 lives and changes the lives of more than 50 people
- All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation