Organ & Tissue Donation
Organ transplantation may be the only successful treatment for many patients suffering from end-stage disease of the kidneys, heart, lung, liver, pancreas or intestines. Transplants of tissues such as cornea, skin, veins, bone, and heart valves are performed to treat a wide range of medical problems. Unfortunately, such transplants are only possible following an organ and tissue donation.
Although advances have been made in awareness, legislation and medicine, the current demand for transplants significantly surpasses the number of organ donations. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) that manages the national transplant waiting list, reports there are currently more than 96,000 patients awaiting a transplant in the United States. UNOS data also shows that 6,735 people died while waiting for a transplant in 2006.
Make a difference. Share your life by deciding to be an organ and tissue donor. Share your decision with your family now.
Locally you can contact the Transplant Society of Michigan toll-free at 1-800-482-4881 with questions regarding organ and tissue donation, or, nationally call toll-free, 1-800-355-SHARE.