Throughout the United States, the need for organ donation is significant:
- More than 120,000 men, women and children currently await lifesaving organ transplants
- Tens of thousands more await life-enhancing tissue or cornea transplants
- On average, 22 people per day die due to lack of available organs for transplants
- Every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list
- 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor, but only 54% are registered
In our region, nearly 2,000 people in Missouri and 500 people in Kansas await lifesaving transplants. By registering to be an organ and tissue donor, you can:
- Save as many as eight lives, which may include releasing two people from dialysis treatments by donating kidneys
- Enhance the lives of up to 75 more people, which may include giving sight to two people by donating corneas, and helping to repair injured bones, joints and other tissues through bone and tissue donation
Right to Donate
Every individual has the right to donate. You can authorize to be an organ and tissue donor by signing up with your state registry at your local DMV or by registering online at the following websites:
- Missouri State Donor Registry (for Missouri residents)
- Kansas State Donor Registry (for Kansas residents)
Talk to Your Family
Becoming an organ and tissue donor is a personal decision, and it’s a choice that is entirely yours to make. Your family cannot legally reverse your decision, but their cooperation is important to facilitate the donation at the time of death by providing information regarding your medical and social history. Talk to your family about your decision, and make sure you know your family members’ donation decisions. This will help avoid confusion at the time of death, while offering comfort by knowing the donor’s wishes ahead of time.
All major religions support organ and tissue donation as a final act of generosity and love. Donation does not prevent a family from having an open-casket funeral, and family members bear no expense for the donation.