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TERMS AND TOPICS
Allocation—The process of determining how organs are distributed.
Brain Death—Brain death occurs when the brain is totally and irreversibly non-functional. Brain death is caused by not enough blood supply of oxygen which causes the brain cells to die.
Candidate—A patient who has been placed on the National Waiting List for solid organ transplantation.
MORE STATISTICS & FACTS
OPTN (Organ Procurement Transplant Network)
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
Site for transplant professionals
THE GAP CONTINUES TO WIDEN
Right now, there are more than enough people waiting for an organ to fill a large football stadium twice over!
> Recipient Disparity Graph (PDF - 56KB)
Statistics & Facts for People Over 50
More than 99 million individuals in the U.S. are 50 years of age and over. If the majority of people in this age group signed up to be organ donors, imagine how many more lives could be saved!
People of all ages can sign up to be donors. In their 50s … 60s … even into their 70s and older. And, people over 50 can be transplant recipients as well.
Here are some statistics and facts about organ donation for people over 50: