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The Impact of One Organ Donor


Sunday, April 26th, 2015

April is National Donate Life Month and the need for organ donors is greater than ever.

More than 123,000 people currently are waiting for organ transplant. Thousands more are in need of tissue and corneal transplants. Organs from healthy donors can help save or dramatically improve the lives of others.

It’s all the more reason to consider adding a notation to your driver’s license or state-issued I.D. that you are an organ donor. Should something happen to you, you can still have the power to help others with otherwise healthy organs.

Learn about the difference one organ donor can make

How Many Lives Can One Organ Donor Save?

A single organ donor may save up to eight people and a single tissue donor may enhance the lives of up to 50 people. You have the power to save lives and improve the quality of life of those in need of any form of transplant.

Organs that can be donated for transplant:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Pancreas
  • Intestines

Tissue that can be donated for transplant:

  • Corneas
  • Bone/tendon
  • Vein/artery
  • Heart valves
  • Skin

To learn more about organ donation, including debunked myths about organ donation, or to register as an organ donor, visit UPMC’s living donor website.

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For more than 30 years, UPMC Transplantation Services has defined the field of transplantation. Since 1981, we have performed more than 17,500 organ transplants. Our role as a pioneer in solid organ transplantation has allowed us to develop some of the most extensive clinical expertise in the field, giving hope to patients across the country and around the world. Read More