In 2013, out of the 28,954 organ transplants that occurred in the United States, over one-fifth ( approximately 5,989) were living donor transplants.
When an organ is donated, methods of preservation are used to keep it viable until transplantation. However, time is critical and there are limits to how long an organ can be preserved, depending its on type.
Common maximum organ preservation times
- Heart, lung: 4-6 hours
- Liver: 8-12 hours
- Pancreas: 12-18 hours
- Kidney: 24-36 hours
Before an organ is allocated, medical factors such as blood type, height, weight, and age must be considered. Matching patients with the proper organ size is vital to a successful transplant operation; children are most compatible with child-sized organs.
In the United States alone, more than 120,000 people are waiting to receive a life-giving organ transplant.
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
It is a commonly believed myth that a person can be “too old” to donate their organs because it is a fact that there is no defined cutoff age for donating organs.
Since 1988, 25,414 people between the ages of 50 and 64 have donated a kidney!
The decision to use someone’s organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Age is never a factor when deciding if a person is a suitable donor for a transplantation, unless the patient is a child in need of an organ that matches with their age.