Organ Donation

Portraits and Landscapes

 

Two years ago I wrote a play that described the emotional process our family went through as my husband’s health deteriorated, and we waited for him to get a kidney transplant.

 

In June this year I was lucky enough to produce the play in Hartford, with a wonderful Ensemble called Hartbeat Ensemble, http://www.hartbeatensemble.org

 

 

Below is a short clip of the play made by videographer Max Moraga. We are now waiting for funding so that we can take it to high schools and colleges around the State of Connecticut, in order to raise awareness around the importance of organ donation.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsBMRBQ4x9s&feature=youtu.be

Some Facts

Each day in the US, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs.

The harsh reality however is that the number of candidates waiting transplant continue to dwarf the number of donor organs available.

  • As of May 4, 2009, the percentage of recipients who were still living 5-years after their transplant is noted below for kidney, heart, liver, and lung.
    • Kidney: 69.3%
    • Heart: 74.9%
    • Liver: 73.8%
    • Lung: 54.4%
  • In 2010, 62% of living donors were women. The statistic is reversed for deceased donation.
  • In 2010, 67% of all deceased donors were White, 16% were Black, 13% Hispanic and 2.3% Asian.
  • As of December 2011, the national waiting list was made up of 45% White, 29% Black, 18% Hispanic, and 7% Asian.
  • In 2007, (the most recent data) there were almost 2.5 million deaths in the U.S. Imagine if every one of those persons had donated.
  • Currently, more than 100 million people in the U.S. are signed up to be a donor—sign up and join them.

Right now, there are more than enough people waiting for an organ to fill a large football stadium twice over.