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Giving Others Life: The Importance of Organ Donation

For patients suffering from a severe medical condition, a new organ can enhance or save their lives. And just one organ donor can save up to eight lives. Spartanburg Medical Center receives organs from organ donor patients who want to help others live a more fruitful life.

Organ donation is the process of giving an organ, or part of an organ, for the purpose of transplantation into another person.

Here’s what you should know about organ donation:

  • More than 123,000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving transplant.
  • Approximately 900 people living in South Carolina are in need of an organ transplant.
  • Every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant list
  • An average of 22 people will die each day nationwide before receiving a needed organ transplant.
  • If you are sick or injured, the first priority of medical personnel is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are declared dead.
  • Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or past medical history.

Only after all efforts to save the donor patient’s life have been exhausted are tests performed to confirm the absence of brain or brain stem activity. When brain death has been declared, an organ donation is a possibility.

Share the gift of life, hope and generosity by becoming an organ donor today.

Visit DonateLifeSC.org to sign up

Learn more about organ donation through stories of local organ donors and recipients.

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