THE MIRACLE OF TRANSPLANTATION
NO FORM OF THERAPY HAS HAD AS DRAMATIC AN EFFECT ON THE COURSE OF TERMINAL ILLNESS AS ORGAN AND TISSUE TRANSPLANTATION.
Since 1988, more than 700,000 transplants of all organs have been performed across the United States, and effectiveness just keeps improving. Over the past years each type of transplant has seen not only more procedures performed, but has continually improved outcomes for patients as well.
ANY PERSON MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION
Age limits exist for some tissue donation but no age limit exists for organ donation.
A CRYING NEED
DESPITE WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR ORGAN DONATION, THERE IS A SEVERE SHORTAGE IN THE NUMBER OF ORGANS DONATED
Thousands of patients are on a waiting list for a kidney, heart, liver or other vital organ, and another person is added to that list every 16 minutes. An average of 20 individuals die each day awaiting an organ transplant. Compounding the organ shortage is that only about one percent of people die in a manner that qualifies them for organ donation. This makes it mission-critical that we register as many Arkansans as possible as organ donors and that we create a culture of donation in our state.