How One Organ Donor Can Save 8 Lives
When a person is given the chance to become an organ donor, the importance of such an action is often overlooked. There are a number of myths surrounding organ donations, but some of the facts should outweigh some of the common misconceptions out there.
One of the most important statistics to consider: An organ can save eight lives. There are eight lifesaving organs including the heart, both lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and intestines. Upon the donor’s death, these important parts of the body can be used to help other individuals in need of organ transplants, allowing them to receive the crucial help they need to survive.
Every year, there are a number of new people added to the waiting list of individuals needing an organ transplant. Unfortunately, there are only a fraction of people who are actually registered as organ donors, despite the overwhelming amount of individuals in support of the deed. In the United States, about 48% of adults are actually registered.
Each day, 22 people die while waiting for a transplant. This number can be cut down dramatically if more people were to sign up as an organ donor. Remember, one person can save eight lives. That means eight less people who lose their lives as a result of illnesses, serious health conditions, and other potential fatal issues.
Breathe for Charles is the story of one survivor who received an organ after a serious injury. This is just one survivor whose life was changed because a selfless individual made the decision to register as a donor prior to passing away. Registration takes less than an hour of our time and the end result can mean so much to another person and his or her family.
We encourage others to become a donor and take the steps to change someone’s life. You can make a difference and give hope to the roughly 120,000 adults and children currently waiting on the transplant list.