Organ donors help save lives

The Northwestern

Feb. 14 is National Donor Day. Organ transplantation is an accepted medical treatment for end-stage organ failure. Someone is added to the national organ donation waiting list every 10 minutes. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, every day an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. In 2014, 29,532 people received organ transplants. People of all ages give and receive organ donations. Currently, more than 120 million people in the United States are signed up to be a donor and 121,272 people are waiting for an organ.

As of December 2014, the percentage of donor recipients who still were living five years post-transplant is as follows: continue reading