How many different organs and tissues can be donated?

One person can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance more than 75 lives through tissue donation.

What are 8 organs you can donate?

Organs that can be donated include:

  • heart.
  • lungs.
  • liver.
  • kidney.
  • pancreas.
  • pancreas islet cells.
  • small bowel.
  • stomach.

What are the most commonly donated organs and tissues?

In the United States, the most commonly transplanted organs are the kidney, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and intestines. On any given day there are around 75,000 people on the active waiting list for organs, but only around 8,000 deceased organ donors each year, with each providing on average 3.5 organs.

Can I donate my heart if I’m still alive?

You cannot donate a heart while still alive. The donor needs it. Only a kidney or lung, or part of the liver can be a “living” donation, done while the donor is still alive. All others are after death.

Can the brain be transplanted?

Theoretically, a person with advanced organ failure could be given a new and functional body while keeping their own personality, memories, and consciousness through such a procedure. No human brain transplant has ever been conducted.

What is the hardest organ to transplant?

Of all the organs transplanted the lungs are the most difficult.

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Who Cannot donate organs and tissues?

Certain conditions, such as having HIV, actively spreading cancer, or severe infection would exclude organ donation. Having a serious condition like cancer, HIV, diabetes, kidney disease, or heart disease can prevent you from donating as a living donor.

Is any age too old to be an organ donor?

There’s no age limit to donation or to signing up. People in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and older have donated and received organs.

Which organ has the longest waiting list?

Patients over 50 years of age experienced the longest median waiting times of patients registered on the kidney, kidney-pancreas, pancreas and heart waiting lists.

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