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Organ Donation During COVID-19 (LifeCenter)

What You Should Know About Organ Donation

  • As a result of COVID-19 donation is down about 35% across the U.S.
  • People of color suffer disproportionally from COVID-19 and also from diseases that ultimately lead to needing an organ transplant, specifically a kidney transplant.
  • More than half of the 113,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the U.S. are people of color in need of kidney transplant.
  • Many transplant programs across the U.S. were suspended due to COVID-19 and the necessity of having more ICU beds available to treat COVID-19 patients. Those programs are gradually returning, but the suspension of those programs caused many patients to not receive a transplant, primarily those waiting for kidney and liver transplants.
  • Each day 22 people die waiting for a life-saving transplant.
  • Patients currently waiting and those that have received transplants are some of the most susceptible to COVID-19 because there’re immune systems are compromised.
  • Living donation is an optimum way to help another person in need of a kidney transplant. Other organs that can potentially come from a living donor are the lung and a portion of liver as it does regenerate.
  • People interested in living donation should contact the transplant programs at: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati Medical Center or The Christ Hospital Health Network for more information.
  • Patients who have COVID-19 and pass away cannot be donors.

Some Important Facts About Donation:

  • Individuals who are donors CAN HAVE an open casket funeral.
  • All major religions support donation as a final act of giving.
  • A medical professionals only responsibility is to save a patient’s life. Donation IS NOT discussed until death has been declared.

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