These figures show that a great degree of effort is inevitable to educate the community on the importance and relevance of organ and tissue donations.
The need for organs for transplantation and scientific study is constantly increasing.
Therefore, the only way to save the person’s life is to replace the failed tissue or organ with a healthy one and hence the need for a healthy organ donation.
Body parts used in the organ donation process are gotten from either a living person or a person who has passed on.
This demonstrates the fact that the demand for organs outnumbers the supply; hence, an average of 20 people dies each day waiting for transplants. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration reported that as of March 31, 2008, the number of candidates awaiting an organ or tissue donation reached 98,634.
Despite the numerous advances that have been made in medicine and technology, a critical shortage remains in the number of organ donors versus the demand for organs. Further, the number of transplants performed and the number of donors during the year 2007 was 28,354 and 14,395, respectively (Organ Transplants.org, 2008).
Education on the benefits of organ donation must be increased in order to understand that that donation can be one of the greatest ways to serve humanity.
Cultivating organ donor awareness could be one of the most illustrious ways of sharing the gift of life.
Thanks to the major surgical advances during the past decade, organ transplantation is no longer an experimental procedure.
However, while the number of transplants needed each year continues to rise, the number of organs recovered for transplantation remains the same.