2015 shows landmark record of organ donations

The OPTN recorded over 30,000 organ donations in 2015, meaning more lives saved, and increasing numbers are good news for the 122,000 on transplant waiting lists
By Jason Spencer | Jan 16, 2016
The Philadelphia Tribune reports that organ donations have gone up, hitting a new record in 2015. And more organ donations means more lives saved.

30, 973 donations were made to hospitals and organizations across the country, up from 29,533 in 2014. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) also noted that the number of deceased organ donors hit 9,078, up nearly 500 from last year.

This rise in is important; while the number of living donors is also up, they can only make up for the most kidney donations, whereas the deceased can donate more than one organ at a time. This is good news for the 122,000 people on organ waiting lists across America.

"[This news] should be encouraging for people who are waiting," said Kevin Meyer. Meyer, who works as CEO of the non-profit organ procurement organization LifeGift, reiterated how important it is for people to become donators in the event of an accident.

"We are always so grateful to those who make the decision to register as lifesaving donors as well as donor families who so generously donate in the midst of human loss," said Meyer.

The OPTN shared this moment of humbleness, thanking the generosity of those who have saved lives despite losing their own.

"This landmark achievement is a testament to the generosity of the American public to help others through donation, and their trust in the transplant system to honor their life-saving gift," said OPTN president Betsy Walsh after reaching 30,000 donations.

Organizations like LifeGift and OPTN only hope that the coming year will bring more opportunities to save lives.

"As the nation's transplant network, we will continue to seek improvements to the matching system to ensure that more organs are accepted and used with the best possible outcomes for recipients," said Walsh. "Opportunities remain for us to use more of the organs currently donated, even as we hope for more people to choose to save lives through donation."

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