How could Emily have been an organ donor when she had such a severe bacterial infection?
Does that mean that other people with an infection can also sign up to be a donor? Emily’s infection was isolated to the lining of her brain and her spinal cord. This allowed her to be able to donate her organs. Her recipients were all treated with antibiotics before and after the transplant to make sure the meningococcal infection was not present. Many times an infection is isolated to one area – so sign up anyway, and the determination of what they can use will be made at that time.
Why are there so many people on the transplant list now?
There are currently over 124,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant. This is because less than 2% are actually able to become donors at the time of their death. To be able to donate organs, a catastrophic brain injury, such as through a stroke or auto accident, that progresses to a brain death must occur. If there is a cardiac death, the organs are no longer viable. Sadly, of these 2%, some families decline the opportunity.
How many people die while they are on the waiting list?
Sadly, 21 people die every single day in the United States while waiting for their donor. A new name is added to this list every 16 minutes.
If I am a donor, how many lives will I be able to save?
One donor has the potential to save and enhance over 50 lives and to take up to 8 people off the wait list.
I think I may be too old to become a donor. Is that correct?
There is NO age limit for organ donors.
I think my religion my prohibit me from becoming a donor. Is that correct?
There are no religions that are against organ/tissue donations.
I am afraid that if I have that heart on my license, when I arrive at the hospital they may not try to save me. Is that correct?
When a person arrives at the hospital, it is an entirely different team that treats a patient from the ones who approach a family at the end of life. They will do everything they can to save a person’s life before they ever reach the end of life point where they explore this option.
I am afraid if I become an organ donor, that my body won’t be prepared timely for my family.
This is absolutely incorrect. Your body is returned timely and intact for your family for whatever plans are made.
How do I sign up?
There is a link right on our website to sign up.