It’s one of the easiest ways you can save a life.
Nearly 113,000 men, women and children are on the national organ transplant waiting list. Another name is added every ten minutes.
Today the Health Resources and Services Administration says there is a critical need for more registered organ, eye and tissue donors. The need is especially acute among African Americans who face higher rates of chronic conditions that lead to organ failure.
In Texas you can register at donatelifetexas.org.
And once you register, make sure you discuss your intentions with family and friends. “We encourage individuals who have signed up to let their families know so that their wishes can be respected at the time of passing,” says Frank Holloman, Division Director of Transplantation.
In 2019, there was an 8.7% increase in the number of organs that were transplanted to save lives, a total of 39,718 over 2018 and the sixth consecutive record-setting year for organ transplants performed in the United States.
20 people on a donor waiting list will die today, waiting.