Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation.
At the Texas Transplant Center, we join in recognizing April as National "Donate Life" Month. From the front line of transplant surgery and transplant medicine, we see how donations transform lives. With more than four decades of transplant history and 3,000+ patients, UTMB has been a pioneering force in the field. But without organ donation, none of it would be possible.
Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives. Please explore this page to learn more, and contact us if you have any questions.
Read more stories of hope, from Donate Life America.
UNOS has developed fact sheets on a range of organ donation and transplantation topics. Take a moment to get a deeper understanding of how organ donation works, and why it's so important:
113,115 Patients Waiting*
63,016 Multicultural Patients*
1,801 Pediatric Patients*
28,535 Organ Transplants Performed in 2011
14,144 Organ Donors in 2011
*as of March 2012
Although there have been advances in medical technology and donation, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. For more information, read the summary below or create a detailed data report on the UNOS Web site.
Created and maintained by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), www.unos.org is the organ transplantation information resource for medical professionals and the general public. UNOS brings together medicine, science, public policy and technology to facilitate every organ transplant performed in the United States.
Donate Life America, comprised of national organizations and 50 state teams across the United States, was founded by the transplant community in 1992 to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation. It offers information, true life stories, and educational material to inform and inspire the public.
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