Organ Donation

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Can One Simple Change Double Organ Donation?

You’ve seen the question on your driver’s license application. The language varies from state to state, but it boils down to the same thing: Do you want to be an organ donor? Check YES, and you give consent for your body to be harvested for organ upon your death. Check NO or do nothing, and it won’t happen.

But it doesn’t have to be this way—and in several countries, it isn’t. Among those is Spain, which has the world’s highest organ donation rate.

What’s the difference? Presumed consent, meaning that, unless you explicitly opt out by checking the equivalent of the NO box on the pertinent Spanish form, it is presumed that you are willing to donate your organs.


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 Can One Simple Change Double Organ Donation?

Die in the USA, and your organs go to waste unless you’ve opted in to the organ donation problem. But it doesn’t have to be this way—and in many countries, it isn’t.

7 Sobering Organ Donation Stats Everyone Should Know

Organ and tissue donation are not popular topics of conversation. It’s hard to discuss or even consider end-of-life care with loved ones, but it’s an important issue that has the potential to save many lives: In 2015 alone, 30,973 organ transplants were reported in the U.S. With an 80-90 percent success rate, that means organ donation saves a lot of lives every year.

The Organ Project

Our mission is simple: to save lives by ending the organ transplant wait list.


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.

Be The Match

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.

Gift of Life

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.


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


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.

The mission of the Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Program is to strengthen Illinois’ Organ/Tissue Donor Registry through outreach and registration initiatives. The program employs regional coordinators who coordinate events and donor registry drives throughout the state. The director of the program oversees all efforts aimed at promoting organ/tissue donation.


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.


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.

Living Donors Online

Living organ donation has become a common source of organs for those in need of organ transplantation, usually a kidney, bone marrow, and sometimes the portion of a liver. Less common is donation of a portion of a lung or small intestine. There are thousands of living donors in the US and around the world every year.

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.

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


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. Unlike some other NHS organisations, ODT do not have a direct relationship with patients and do not provide "hands on" care. However, in providing support to transplantation services across the UK, everything ODT does has an impact on the quality of service delivered to individual patients.


Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. Experts say that the organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people.

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