The decision to register as an organ and tissue donor has the potential to save a life or significantly improve the quality of life for someone in need.
FACTS ABOUT ORGAN & TISSUE DONATION
- There are about 115,000 individuals waiting for life-saving transplants, 4000 in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
- About 22 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
- One organ donor can save as many as eight lives.
- One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people.
- There’s no cost to the donor or their family for organ and tissue donation.
- You can be a donor at any age.
- Celebrity and financial status are not factors in receiving a transplant.
- Donation is possible with many medical conditions.
- A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs.
OUR ORGAN & TISSUE DONATION PROCESS
- Learn what you can about organ and tissue donation.
- Only when all efforts to save your loved one’s life have failed, the hospital contacts the Mid-South Transplant Foundation.
- A specially-trained evaluator determines if he/she is suitable for donation.
- The donor registry is checked by the Mid-South Transplant Foundation to see if your loved one is registered.
- If your loved one is not registered, then your family makes the decision.
- Once registration is confirmed and/or your family gives approval, the national search begins for a recipient.
- Surgical teams remove the available organs and tissues then perform the transplants.
- Your family can proceed with funeral plans.
- Your family will receive a letter with outcomes of your loved one’s gifts of hope and life.