Friends For Life: How real is need for organ donors?

(WLNS) – This week we’ll be looking at some remarkable stories about organ donations and the impact one donor can have on up to eight recipients. Sometimes it might seem like the list of people waiting for transplants far outdistances the available number of organ and tissue donors. Let’s look at some of the numbers from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

WHO IS ON THE WAITING LIST?

– 42% Caucasian
– 30% African American
– 19% Hispanic/Latino
– 8.6% Asian, Native Hawaiian

(as of January 2015)

WHO ARE THE DONORS?

One interesting statistic is the number of female living donors. In 2013 61% of living donors were women and 39% were men. That number is very nearly reversed for deceased donations: 41% of those donors were women and 59% were men.

In 2013 57% of all deceased donors were Caucasian, 22% were African American, 15% Hispanic/Latino and 6% were Asian or Native Hawaiian.

HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED ORGAN TRANSPLANTS?

gapgraph Friends For Life: How real is need for organ donors?

Data from optn.transplant.hrsa.gov and OPTN/SRTR Annual Report.
** Data include deceased and living donors.

HOW YOU CAN BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR

Secretary of State Organ Donor Registry

Gift of Life Michigan

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