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More than 106,000 men, women and children nationwide are awaiting organ transplantation and in San Diego there are more than 1,500 individuals on this list. For the most current statistics and information about organ and tissue transplantation nationwide, visit the United Network for Organ Sharing.
Living Donor Opportunities
Live kidney donation is the donation of a kidney from a live person to a patient whose own kidneys are no longer functioning. While many patients wait years for a deceased kidney donation, donors are able to make an immediate impact on another person's life. To learn more, read:
Organ and Tissue Donation
According to Lifesharing — a nonprofit organization that provides organ and tissue recovery services for the Multi-Organ Transplant Center at Sharp and other transplant centers in San Diego — the organs and tissues that can be donated from a deceased person are heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, heart valves, veins and other tissues.
Did you know?
- One eye donor can give sight to two people
- One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people
- One tissue donor can help heal the lives of 50 people
To learn more about organ and tissue donation in San Diego, visit Lifesharing or call them directly at 619-521-1983.
How to Register to be a Donor
NOTE: Unless you have registered online since 2004, an old pink donor dot sticker placed on top of the plastic on your driver's licenses means you are not registered.
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