Although there have been many advances in the field of donation and transplantation due to enhanced medical technology, a critical shortage of organs available for transplant still exists.
- Last year, nearly 28,000 lives were saved due to the generosity of organ donors. Today, more than 123,000 children and adults await lifesaving transplants.
- In Florida alone, more than 5,500 people are registered on the transplant waiting list.
- More than 25,000 tissue donors and 40,000 cornea donors provide life-enhancing gifts every year, yet hundreds of thousands more continue to need these precious gifts.
- Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list, and an average of 21 lives are lost each day due to the lack of organs available for transplant.
- More than half of the national transplant waiting list is comprised of patients from multicultural communities. This is due to the prevalence of some illnesses, including hypertension and kidney disease. African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities are three times more likely to suffer from end-stage renal disease.
- Although donors and recipients do not have to share the same ethnicity, transplant success does increase when organs are matched between donors and recipients of the same ethnic background.
- Unfortunately, the lack of organs donated from multicultural communities can contribute to longer waiting periods for patients in need of transplants. Many patients do not receive transplants in time.
- According to national research conducted by Donate Life America, more than 90 percent of Americans support donation but only 30 percent know the steps necessary to designate their wishes.
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