Did you know that nearly 106,000 people are currently in need of an organ transplant?!
The national transplant waiting list is full of men, women, and children waiting their turn to receive a lifesaving organ, and that list keeps growing.
In fact, a new person is added to the national transplant waiting list every nine minutes, and unfortunately, 17 individuals will pass away each day before getting their second chance at life. That’s more than 6,000 people every year… There is good news, though! In 2021, medical professionals performed over 40,000 transplants thanks to nearly 20,400 organ donors that shared the gift of life with others.
How can you contribute to this wonderful cause? By choosing to become a registered organ donor!
When you register to be a donor, you can save up to eight lives and potentially improve another 75 more. You read that right … eight separate individuals can receive the gift of life based on your one decision to become a donor.
Registering to become an organ donor is a quick and simple process. Let’s discuss some frequently asked questions about the process.
How do I become an organ donor?
Becoming an organ donor is as easy as completing an online form with the National Donate Life Registry.
On the Donate Life website, you will need to provide information such as your name, address, birthdate, gender, and some sort of key identifier, like your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number. Once submitted, you will remain in the registry for life (unless you remove yourself). There is no need to renew your registration.
Can I complete the registration process in-person?
Yes, submitting your information online is not the only way to become an organ donor. If you would like to complete the registration in-person, you can go to your local motor vehicle department to fill out the form.
Is it safe to register through the Health app on my iPhone?
Most definitely! For United States residents with an iPhone, you can use your personal Health app to complete the registration process. You can access the form by first clicking on your profile picture (or the circle containing your initials if you have not uploaded a picture) in the top right corner of the app. Next, select the “Organ Donation” tab located under the Medical Details portion of the app. From there, your information is safely and securely submitted to Donate Life America to be part of the national registry.
Who can become an organ donor?
Other than an age stipulation, anyone and everyone with a desire to save lives can become an organ donor.
Typically, you must be 18 years or older to register to become an organ donor. If you are younger than 18 years old, you need to check the regulations in your state. Oftentimes, people find themselves thinking they are too old or too ill to register, which is false. Medical history, race, ethnicity, religion, and gender does not matter to become a registered donor.
Does it cost money to become an organ donor?
There is no registration fee to become a donor. Registering as a donor is completely free. Furthermore, the cost of organ removal will not fall on an organ donor’s family.
What organs and tissues will I be donating?
This can actually vary from person to person. Most states allow donors to select which organs and tissues they wish to give.
If you choose to not exclude any options, you will donate the following organs:
- Lungs (2)
- Kidneys (2)
Become a Registered Organ Donor Today!
Our team here at Global Transplant Solutions, Inc. understands that becoming a registered organ donor is a big decision. That is why we hold ourselves to the highest standards to protect and preserve your choice.
We THANK YOU for making the choice to give!
“Fostering the Mission” of organ donation is our passion. Not only do we strive to raise awareness about this important topic, but we take to heart the need for registered organ donors. All our employees at Global Transplant Solutions are proud to proclaim that they are registered organ donors. Join us in our mission to save lives through organ donation.
Every life matters, every organ donor matters, and every donated organ matters! Thank you for your consideration to become a registered organ donor.
(Statistics provided by Donate Life America)