A national report card prepared by Donate Life America shows an increase of 9 million donor designations over the last 18 months, bringing the total number of registered donors in the United States to nearly 80 million. Even with this great success, there is still a shortage of donors and much work to be done. There are now over 100,000 people in the United States awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. A million more suffer from blindness, medical conditions, or devastating injuries that can be successfully treated with donated corneas or tissue.
Last year over 28,000 lives were saved through organ donation. More than one million life-enhancing tissue transplants were performed, offering the recipients a new chance at healthy, productive, and normal lives.
I know you have heard me say this before, but please register to be a donor. Last year 2,205 donors in the US had registered prior to their death. Since on average more than 3 organs are able to be used, an estimated 7,000 lives were saved through the registry. Tissue donor registered last year prior to their death amounted to 8,239. Tissues from one donor can improve 50 lives, meaning that 400,000 people were helped. There were also 12,168 eye donors registered prior to their death last year, giving sight to over 20,000 people.
I was happy to read that Missouri is among the top 20 states with registered donors. Out of the 4,161,957 licensed drivers in the state, 2,438,965 have designated themselves as donors. This is 56.7%!!
~Further statistics can be found on donatelife.net ~