Facts About Organ Donation

Did You Know?

  • There are 2,089 men, women and children waiting for organ transplants in Louisiana
  • Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes
  • Nearly one-third of all deceased donors are age 50 or older; more than 7% are age 65 or older
  • In Louisiana, a single donor can save 9 lives, restore the sight of 2 and enhance the lives of 75 through tissue donation
  • Sadly, 8,000 people die each year (22 people each day — almost one person each hour) because the organs they need are not donated in time
  • About 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities
  • 48,000 patients have their sight restored through corneal transplants each year 

Information from Donate Life America