Understanding Donation

Understanding Donation

Every day, an average of 92 people across the country receive lifesaving organ transplants, and countless others receive lifesaving tissue transplants. Many more receive the gift of sight through cornea donation.  In 2017, 170 organ donors and 326 tissue donors were recovered in Alabama Organ Center’s service area, bringing countless people together in hope; 495 lives were saved across this area.

Even so, there is a critical shortage of organs across the country. More than 115,000 individuals are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Of those, more than 2,600 are Alabamians. Every 10 minutes, a new person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list and every day 20 people die waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

The generosity of an individual donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and countless others through tissue donation. Skin is used to treat burn patients and individuals with cancer; bone can be used to treat orthopedic injuries and cancer patients.