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Donation and Transplantation Overview

Advancements in technology have resulted in successful organ transplants for individuals with life-threatening diseases. Over the past 30 years, organ transplantation evolved from an experimental procedure to the treatment of choice for patients suffering from end-stage organ failure. The dramatic improvement in quality of life after transplantation has significantly increased the demand for solid organ transplants. Many more have their sight, hearing, and mobility restored and health regained through corneal, bone and skin transplants.

Donation offers comfort to grieving families and hope to patients in need. The national list of patients waiting for vital organs increases each year. Currently there are more than 100,000 persons in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant. In Florida, there are almost 4,000 people with a life-threatening disease who are relying on the generosity of another person so that they can continue to live. Every 14 minutes the name of another patient with end-stage organ failure is added to the waiting list.

Over six thousand people died last year because suitable organs for transplantation were not available. One single donor can save the lives of up to eight people by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines. Hundreds of more lives can be improved through tissue and eye donation which include bone, skin, tendons, veins, heart valves, corneas and sclera (white part of the eye usually used for prosthetic eyes).

You have the opportunity to save lives by registering to be a donor. For more information on organ, eye and tissue donation, please contact or 1-800-232-2892.

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