In honor of Donate Life Month, St. David’s HealthCare is educating the public about organ donation. Currently, more than 121,000 men, women and children are awaiting life-saving organ transplants; however, only 37 percent of Travis County residents are registered donors.
Since 1996, the Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has successfully performed hundreds of transplants in Austin—the 500th procedure was performed in December 2013.
According to the Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center:
- Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
- Individuals considered for living donation are usually between 16 and 60 years of age.
- Kidneys are the most common organs donated by living donors.
- There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.
- When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type and other important medical information, not your financial or celebrity status.
If you are considering becoming an organ donor, you are encouraged to register and discuss your wishes with your family.
As of April 2014, 121,000 patients are on the national waiting list for an organ—of those patients, more than 11,000 are from Texas, and 471 live in Austin. Click here to learn about the Donate Life Texas Registry.