When illness or injury threatens the proper functioning of one of the body’s organs, a patient may depend on the availability of a donor organ to keep him or her alive. Unfortunately, only a few of these patients are able to get an organ transplant in time.
There are approximately 113, 463 American men and women waiting for organs. Due to a lack of donors, about 18 patients die every day while they wait for a second chance at life. Taking a few minutes to register as an eye, organ, or tissue donor can help save lives. According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services, one organ donor can save up to eight lives.
The process of becoming an organ donor begins when a person recognizes his or her ability to help others. To indicate his or her consent to be an organ donor, a person simply needs to enroll in his or her state’s donor registry, which is often available online. Many of the men and women who decide to register as a donor will also speak with their friends and family about their decision, so that they can support their decision when the need arises.
Most donated organs go to local patients in need. Riverside Community Hospital provides the only transplant services department in the Riverside community, offering both kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantation. Our comprehensive Transplant Program is dedicated to the health of each patient through individualized diagnostic and treatment services focused on whole body healing. If you would like to find out more about our exceptional multi-disciplinary team of transplant specialists, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463. If you are considering signing up to become an organ, eye, or tissue donor, visit Riverside’s Donate Life page.