gift of life is a priceless way to serve others. When an organ donor dies, his or her
organs could be used to save the lives of eight other people and enhance
the lives of over 100 people. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough
organ donors on the donor registry, and most organ donors do not die in
a manner that allows for organ donation. The need is critical and ongoing.
This April is National Donate Life Month. The emergency care team at Good
Samaritan Hospital in San Jose encourages our neighbors to consider joining
the organ donor registry.
Facts about organ donation
Since 1988, surgeons have performed more than 650,000 organ transplants
in the U.S. alone. This highly specialized type of surgery does more than
save lives. It gives hope to the families of patients who face deadly
diseases. There is a critical need for more people to sign up as organ
donors. Here are the basic statistics,
according to the American Transplant Foundation:
- About 120,000 people are waiting for organs.
- Another person joins the waiting list every 10 minutes.
- Every day, 22 people die while waiting for organs.
Reasons to become an organ donor
Registered organ donors usually sign up because they feel it’s important
to serve others. Some people join after a loved one is diagnosed with
an organ disease. If you’re not quite sure if you should become
an organ donor, consider talking to your doctor about this issue. You’ll
learn that organ donors receive the same medical attention as non-donors
in emergency situations. There are only a few medical conditions that
can disqualify you from donating. In many cases, even if one or two organs
are unsuitable for transplant, other organs could still save lives.
Organs that can be transplanted
Many organs and tissues can be successfully transplanted into an at-need
patient. After death, you may be able to save others with the following organs:
Tissues that can be transplanted
Hundreds of thousands of lives are improved every year thanks to tissue
donors. Burn victims can receive skin grafts, cancer patients can receive
bone material and heart disease patients can receive donated heart valves.
Corneas, connective tissue and veins can also be donated.
For superior, patient-centered care in all of life’s stages, your
family can turn to the trusted providers at
Good Samaritan Hospital. We are privileged to serve the San Jose community with specialized medical
services, including cardiac care, maternity healthcare and emergency care.
Call a nurse at our hospital at (888) 724-2362.