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Organ
People
  • All*
    116,641
  • Kidney
    96,512
  • Pancreas
    916
  • Kidney/Pancreas
    1,687
  • Liver
    14,249
  • Intestine
    274
  • Heart
    3,996
  • Lung
    1,375
  • Heart/Lung
    45
* All candidates will be less than the sum due to candidates waiting for multiple organs
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WHICH ORGANS & TISSUES CAN BE DONATED?

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  • Corneas are needed to restore the sight to those that have lost their vision.
  • The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped window covering the front of the eye.
  • Traumatic accidents to the eye, infections and inherited eye diseases like Keratoconus are just a few reasons why cornea donation is needed.
  • Almost anyone, regardless of age or medical condition, can donate their whole eyes or corneas for transplant and/or research.
  • After the cornea has been recovered, the whole eye as well as the sclera, can be utilized for reconstructive or cosmetic surgery.
  • Whole eyes are valuable for research and medical procedure training.
  • Skin can be used to aid in the healing process for severe burn victims and people who suffer from a disfiguring injury or disease.
  • Donated skin grafts will protect recipients from infection while promoting regeneration of their own skin.
  • Skin from donors is removed from the back of the body and can be used to repair large hernias or for tissue reconstruction.
  • Donation of skin does not affect the appearance of a donor nor viewing at funeral services.
  • Blood is pumped through the heart’s four chambers aided by four heart valves that open and close and prevent blood from flowing backward.
  • Infections and age-related diseases can damage heart valves. Some children are born with malformed valves.
  • Heart valves can be recovered when the whole heart is determined not to be viable for transplant.
  • Donated human vessels and valves are used as replacements that can mean the difference between life and death to recipients.
  • The trachea or windpipe carries air to the lungs. The alveoli – tiny air sacs similar to folded balloons – extract oxygen and exchange it for carbon dioxide.
  • A single lung can save a life. One donor can be the source of two lung transplants.
  • Some conditions that could necessitate a lung transplant are cystic fibrosis, lupus, pulmonary hypertension, emphysema, and pulmonary edema.
  • Lungs have a preservation time of up to 4–8 hours.
  • The body’s hardest working muscle, the heart beats 60-80 times each minute as it pumps blood throughout the body.
  • Some conditions that can make a transplant necessary are cardiomyopathy, heart failure, myocarditis, lupus, and heart disease.
  • Hearts can be preserved for up to 4–6 hours before they must be transplanted.
  • The liver is a complex organ that has more than 500 known functions. It breaks down harmful substances in the blood, produces bile that aids in digestion and stores vitamins, sugars and fats.
  • A donated liver can sometimes be split between two recipients, so one donor can be the source of two liver transplants.
  • Some conditions that could necessitate a liver transplant are birth defects of the liver or bile duct, chronic liver infections like hepatitis, or drug and alcohol damage.
  • Livers have a preservation time of up to 12–15 hours.
  • The kidneys filter wastes and excess water from the blood and balance the body’s fluids.
  • While waiting for a kidney transplant, many patients undergo dialysis to remove toxins out of their blood.
  • Some conditions that could make a kidney transplant necessary are high blood pressure, diabetes, lupus, and cystic kidney disease.
  • Kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organ and most needed.
  • Kidneys can be preserved up to 24–48 hours.
  • The pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that helps the body use glucose (sugar) for energy, and enzymes that break down fat, protein, and carbohydrates during digestion.
  • The pancreas controls the level of glucose in the blood. It is often transplanted with a kidney, because diabetes affects both organs.
  • The pancreas can be preserved for 12–24 hours.
  • The intestines digest food and absorb nutrients into the blood stream.
  • Most intestinal transplants are performed on infants and children.
  • Some conditions that could make a transplant necessary are twisted or blocked intestines or short-gut syndrome.
  • Intestines can be preserved for 6–10 hours.
  • Bones consist of living protein fibers that constantly rebuild themselves.
  • The humerus, radius and ulna are the bones in the arm that can be recovered.
  • Bones can be transplanted in order to prevent amputation, promote healing, maintain mobility, and structure.
  • After the bone is recovered, trained professionals replace the bone with prosthetics for funeral viewing arrangements.
  • Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body and veins bring the deoxygenated blood back.
  • Many people lose circulation in their legs, or even in their heart, due to disease or trauma.
  • Donated veins are used to restore circulation in heart bypass surgeries and to avoid leg amputation for people suffering poor circulation.
  • The gift of connective tissues helps individuals with various orthopedic and neurological conditions.
  • Tissue includes tendons, ligaments and cartilage that will be used in a variety of back, joint, and leg surgeries, such as hip replacement, knee reconstruction, and spinal fusion.