Facts about organ donation
Organ donation has been around for decades but there are still a number of public misconceptions. Learn the facts to better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Information on living donation
Living donation from a family member, loved one, or even a stranger can be the fastest life-saving option for many who face a long wait for an organ transplant.
How organ matching works
When a patient is “added to the list,” a transplant hospital adds a patient’s medical information into UNOS’ computer system. When a deceased organ donor is identified, UNOS’ computer system generates a ranked list of transplant candidates, or “matches”, based on blood type, tissue type, medical urgency, waiting time, expected benefit, geography and other medical criteria.
- You can be a donor at any age.
- Celebrity or financial status are not factors in getting a transplant.
- Donation is possible with many medical conditions.
- All major religions approve of organ and tissue donation.
- A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs.
- A healthy person can become a living donor by donating a kidney, or a part of the liver, lung, intestine, blood or bone marrow.
- Learn more organ donation facts.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has received a 75,000 challenge grant from The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., to fund a proof of concept phase for UNOS’ Timely Donor Referralsm technology pilot. Smithfield will match...
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) was founded March 21, 1984, by the leadership of the South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF). UNOS was intended to become the nation’s organ transplant network, an idea that was still in development as Congress worked...
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