Facebook posts soliciting living donors are going viral—and causing problems for transplant centers.
Being able to do all this, to afford the time off work and the travel bills and hotel for my dad, is a reflection of privilege. Not everyone has an employer with benefits that generous, or good enough health to be able to donate to begin with. I know I’m profoundly lucky to be able to donate at all.
Anyone can sign up to the organ donation register. Age isn’t a barrier – people in their 70s and 80s have become donors and saved lives. In the UK, the oldest living person to donate a kidney was 85. Most medical conditions aren’t barriers to donation either.
Many countries, especially in Europe, have higher rates of donation with policies based on “presumed consent,” with people who don’t want to become donors needing to opt out. The U.S. has a donation rate of 26.6 per 1 million people (2014), much less than the 35.7 rate in Spain, for example.
Whenever an organ becomes available, you have an hour to get to the hospital. We rushed there like it was the end of the world. Even then, there was no guarantee I'd get the liver.
Around 21 Americans die each day waiting for transplants. What's behind the reluctance to posthumously save a life?
Growing up with somebody who believed so deeply in the importance of being a donor skewed my idea of how people thought about this issue; I was surprised, years later, when I learned just how divided people are.
We are a nonprofit educational web site serving the world transplant community. Based at the University of Michigan, TransWeb features news and events, real people's experiences, the top 10 myths about donation, a donation quiz, and a large collection of questions and answers.
Since 1987, we have helped more than 30,000 patients receive the bone marrow or cord blood transplants they need. And we help more patients every day: on average, more than 300 patients receive a transplant through us each month.
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving the quality of life through organ, tissue and corneal transplantation.
The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to two chief goals; to provide financial assistance for non-medical expenses, which are not otherwise covered by governmental agencies, to families in Canada with children who are in need of major organ transplants, and to raise public awareness regarding organ donation.
Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and local coalitions across the United States dedicated to inspiring all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.
Donor Alliance is one of 58 not-for-profit organ recovery organizations federally designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to facilitate the donation and recovery of organs for people needing transplants.
Gift of Life manages a registry of over 120,000 bone marrow donors and a bank of over 800 umbilical cord blood units. Since 1991, Gift of Life has facilitated transplants for over 1,500 patients in need, over 400 of them from 2002-2007 alone.
Since 1974, Gift of Life has worked to coordinate life-saving and life-enhancing transplants for those waiting, while supporting the generous donors and their families who have chosen to give others a second chance through organ donation.
As experts in community-based fundraising, we help patients and families faced with a transplant or catastrophic injury tackle the daunting task of bridging the financial gap between what their health insurance will cover and what they actually need to heal, live and thrive.
It's the commitment to those waiting for lifesaving and life-enhancing organ and tissue transplants that drives LifeGift Organ Donation Center to innovate'' to save the lives of men, women and children.
LifeBanc is the non-profit organ procurement and tissue recovery agency for Northeast Ohio. As one of the original seven independent organ procurement organizations in the United States, LifeBanc serves a population of 4.3 million people and works with 80 hospitals in 20 counties.
A new law, effective Jan. 1, 2006, created a new Organ/Tissue Donor Registry making a person''s wishes to be a donor legally binding. Additional witnesses or family consent is no longer required for donation to occur.
Lifesharing Community Organ and Tissue Donation is committed to the life-saving and life-enhancing efforts of transplantation. We strive to be the leader in organ and tissue donation through education, collaboration, and the provision of quality service.
As a charity we hope to encourage people to register as organ donors via awareness campaigns, events and activities.
The online community for
living donors, potential donors, their families, and
the medical community.
As one of the three arms of NHSBT, ODTs key role is to ensure that organs donated for transplant are matched and allocated to patients in a fair and unbiased way. Matching, particularly in the case of kidneys, is so important that donation and allocation needs to be organised nationally. The larger the pool of organs, the better the likelihood there is of a good match.
Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people. Giving the "Gift of Life" may lighten the grief of the donor's own family. Many donor families say that knowing other lives have been saved helps them cope with their tragic loss.
As an accredited whole body donation program, our goal is to provide human tissue for medical research and education. Considering the shortage of human tissue for research and training, this is a vital service.
The Nicholas Green Foundation, set up by the Green family, is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of organ and tissue donation around the world. It does this by spreading information to increase awareness of the shortage of donors everywhere.
The Transplant Experience program was created to meet your specific needs throughout the transplant process. It''s information. It''s tools and tips. It''s real advice, from experts in transplantation and other transplant recipients.
TRIO is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors.
UNOS brings together medicine, science, public policy and technology to facilitate every organ transplant performed in the United States. Every day, UNOS assists transplant doctors, patients, and members of the public by helping to ensure that organs are procured and distributed in a fair and timely manner.
The World Children's Transplant Fund, or WCTF, is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of pediatric transplantation around the world.
You can help Amy and thousands of others like Amy that are searching every day for a donor match. If you are interested in becoming a donor and you are between the ages of 18 and 60, there are several options available for you to choose from.
Angel Cove is an organ donation and transplant awareness site that offers unique social awareness designs on quality apparel and gift items through the Internet. It is our hope that having both an informational and personal portals available will give others the opportunity to relate to all sides of the topics available.
The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation is a charitable foundation funding medical research into the cause, prevention, treatment and cure of leukaemia and other related diseases treatable by bone marrow and adult stem cell transplantation.
ADRP is the only organization devoted exclusively to donor recruitment as a profession. Since the blood, marrow and blood cell, organ and tissue industry is rapidly changing; ADRP can keep you informed on issues affecting these donor recruitment fields.
ANZOD records and reports on a wide range of statistics that relate to organ donation following death within Australia and New Zealand. Monthly reports on the numbers of organ donors and the number of recipients benefiting from donation are reported on this web site. An Annual report is also available.
Membership has grown to include health professionals and partners involved in every aspect of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, including recovery, allocation, and distribution of organs and tissues; managing care for patients pre and post transplant; and recognizing and supporting donor families.
CIBMTR brings together the expertise and unique resources of two leaders in the field of blood and marrow transplant research: the National Marrow Donor Program'' and the Medical College of Wisconsin's International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry and Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry.
The ELTR have a truly global representation of European countries with clear prerequisites for contribution to ensure quality, validity, and reliability.
Professionals who are actively involved in transplantation are cordially invited to join the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT).
The Eurotransplant International Foundation is responsible for the mediation and allocation of organ donation procedures in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Slovenia.
It was recognized that liver transplantation cannot be handled by a small number of physicians, but rather requires the collective and collaborative participation and expertise of physicians and scientists from diverse fields. As a result, the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) was founded by a group of committed individuals at the liver transplantation meeting in Pittsburgh in 1990.
The International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association is a scientific forum for the exchange and discussion of clinical and experimental results and experiences relevant to transplantation of insulin producing tissue in the treatment and cure of diabetes mellitus.
The International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA) is a professional organization of individuals in the field of pediatric transplantation. The purpose of the Association is to advance the science and practice of pediatric transplantation worldwide in order to improve the health of all children who require such treatment.
The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation was created in 1981 at a small gathering of about 15 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Today we have over 2900 members from over 45 countries, representing over 14 different disciplines involved in the management and treatment of end-state heart and lung disease.
The International Transplant Nurses Society was founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization, to promote the education and clinical practice excellence of nurses who are interested in and participate in the care of solid organ transplant patients.
LifeSource manages all aspects of organ and tissue donation, from identifying potential donors to matching organs with needy recipients, coordinating clinical activities, and arranging surgical recovery teams. LifeSource donation coordinators link the stages of the donation and transplantation processes.
MatchingDonors.com is a web site created to give people in need of transplant surgery an active way to search for a live organ donor. Our goal is to increase the number of transplant surgeries and improve awareness of live organ donation.
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
The NATCO membership is comprised of a diverse group of professionals. Procurement practitioners manage the care of the donor to ensure organ viability, consult with families in their donation decision, arrange for the surgical recovery of organs and match donor organs with recipients.
Experience the real-life stories of donor families and organ and tissue transplant recipients.
Scandiatransplant is a Nordic organ exchange organization and it covers a population of 24.5 million inhabitants in five countries, Denmark (5.4 million), Finland (5.2 million), Iceland (0.3 million), Norway (4.6 million), and Sweden (9.0 million).
Today, Scandiatransplant includes a cooperation of all 12 Nordic transplant centers in addition to eight immunology laboratories.
The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand has as members, scientists, doctors, transplant coordinators and research students with an interest in all forms of transplantation.
An association of members who share a passion for donor care and strive to find the best possible matches for blood cancer patients.