General Statistics

The need is great and you have the opportunity to say “YES” now – become an organ and tissue donor.

One donor can:

  • Donate kidneys to free two people from the dialysis treatments needed to sustain life.
  • Save up to 8 lives.
  • Save the lives of patients awaiting heart, liver, lung or pancreas transplants.
  • Give sight to two people through the donation of corneas.
  • Donate bone to help repair injured joints or to help save an arm or leg threatened by cancer or other illness.
  • Help burn victims heal more quickly through donation of skin, and provide healthy heart valves for someone whose life is threatened by malfunctioning or diseased valves.
  • Enhance the lives of up to 50 people!

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Facts and Figures

  • Nationally, more than 123,001 men, women and children are waiting for an organ transplant that can save their lives. Eighteen of them die each day because an appropriate match wasn’t found in time.
  • The organ transplant waiting list in Delaware includes more than 400 people. Still thousands of others wait for a tissue transplant that will greatly enhance the quality of their lives.
  • Every 10 minutes someone is added to the waiting list.
  • Of all the deaths in the United States, only one to two percent has the potential to result in organ donation. Among the estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people who are considered medically suitable for organ donation when they die each year, only an estimated 6,000 donate.
  • One organ, tissue and eye donor may save up to eight lives and help more than 50 people.
  • An individual may be able to donate organs, tissue or corneas even if he is not considered a medically suitable blood donor.
  • The greatest need is for kidney transplants, with more than 101,699 people on the waiting list. Following this, the liver, lungs, and heart respectively are in greatest demand for transplantation.
  • Tens of thousands of other people need corneas to restore sight, bone and other tissues to repair injured or diseased bones and joints, skin to heal burns, and heart valves to replace diseased ones.
  • Ninety-one percent of the population supports organ donation, and there is strong support from health care professionals and all organized religions. However, in Delaware only 50.02% have placed the organ donor designation on their learner’s permit, driver’s license or state identification card. Fewer still have discussed the issue with their families.
  • If everyone said “yes,” the waiting list for transplants would be greatly reduced.