While 95% of adults, in the United States, support organ donation, only 54% have signed up to be an organ donor. Fear plays a big part in stopping humans from donating. Imagine an organ living on without the person? It seems silly, but it’s not an unreasonable thought.
Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the National Transplant Waiting List. However, 20 people every day die waiting for that match.
Each year, the number of people on the waiting list snowballs, while the number of potential donors trails behind. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives. Even though medicine and new technology are ever progressing, there is still a chasm between supply and demand. Let’s break down the waiting list:
- 2 out of 3 people are over 50 years old
- Almost 2,000 children, under the age of 18, are waiting for an organ
- 58% are ethnic minorities
- Over 8,500 transplantation surgeries have been conducted in 2018
- 62% of organ recipients were male
So, getting back to the fear. Everyone should look behind the curtain and see how becoming an organ donor impacts them. To have the transplantation surgery, there has to be a match between the recipient and the donor. When matching donors, deceased donors make up 4 out of 5 matches. There are also a lot of requirements that have to be considered:
- Blood type
- The severity of the patient’s medical condition
- The distance between recipient’s hospital and donor
- The patient’s waiting time and availability
Becoming an organ donor is a choice. If you want to make this choice and help save a life, follow this link.