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Organ Donation Saves Lives

Every day, 21 people in the United States die while waiting for an organ transplant. For people whose organs are failing because of disease or injury, donated organs and tissue may offer the gift of hope. A single organ, tissue, and eye donor has the potential to save eight lives and help more than 75 people.

Join UPMC Transplant Services, Donate Life America, and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) as we celebrate the gift of life and encourage others to register as organ donors and stop the wait.

Know the Facts

  • On average, one person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
  • More than 123,000 people currently are waiting for organ transplantation, with thousands more in need of tissue and corneal transplants. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alone has more than 8,500 residents awaiting transplantation.
  • A kidney, a portion of the liver, and bone marrow can each be transplanted from living donors.

Organ Donation Articles on the UPMC HealthBeat Blog

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