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AOC Quick Facts

  • Nationally, more than 116,900 people are waiting for an organ transplant. A new person is added to the waiting list every 18 minutes. For an average of nineteen people per day, the wait is too long and they die before a suitable organ is available.
  • In Alabama, more than 3,800 people are waiting for a transplant.
  • It is estimated that less than 1% of all in-hospital deaths in the USA can be considered as possible organ donors due to the circumstances of their death.
  • Data supports the importance of having a conversation with your family about your donation wishes. Families who know the patient's wishes were seven times as likely to donate organs as those who didn't know the patient's wishes. (Siminoff LA, Gordon N, Hewlett J, Arnold RM. Factors influencing families' consent for donation of solid organs for transplantation. JAMA. 2001;286:71-77).
  • An individual may be able to donate organs, tissues or eyes even if he or she is not eligible to donate blood. If you want to donate, please indicate your wishes on Legacy Organ & Tissue Donation Registry, and share your wishes with your family.
  • Transplant patient survival rates continue to improve. Transplantation is a medically acceptable treatment for end-stage organ failure.
  • Organ and tissue donation is a positive experience for the donor families. It helps families to know that out of their tragedy, comes a life-saving operation for their fellow man.
  • Leaders of every major religion either support organ donation or leave it up to personal choice.
  • Organ and tissue donation does not prevent a family from proceeding with desired funeral arrangements, including an open casket.
  • There is no financial cost to the donor family for donation to occur. The family is responsible for their loved one's care until the time of death and for expenses related to the funeral and burial. All donation-related expenses are paid by the Alabama Organ Center.
  • There is no conflict between saving a life and using organs and tissues for transplant. Donation occurs only after all efforts to save a life have been exhausted and death is legally certified. The doctors who certify death are not members of the transplant or procurement teams.
  • Send e-mail requests to contactus@alabamaorgancenter.org with questions about donation.