LifeCenter's telephone number is 558-5555 and our toll-free number is 800-981-LIFE (5433). Contact our web site at www.Lifecnt.org . It has links to other donation organizations.
LifeCenter coordinates organ recovery for Greater Cincinnati, which includes Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Organ transplants are performed at The University Hospital, Children's Hospital Medical Center and The Christ Hospital in Greater Cincinnati.
In Greater Cincinnati, 243 patients are currently waiting for organs (as of October 1, 2001). This includes: kidney-135, heart- 23, liver- 72 and kidney/pancreas- 13.
Currently, there are over 78,000 individuals on the national waiting list for vital organs. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 14 minutes. In Ohio, more than 2,400 individuals are waiting for organs. In Kentucky, more than 575 individuals are waiting for organs. And in Indiana, 781 are waiting for organs.
On average 16 individuals (men, women and children) on the national waiting list die each day.
LifeCenter had 47 organ donors in 2000. In 2000, there were 5,984 organ donors in the United States, compared to 5,859 in 1999. There were approximately 22,854 cadaveric and living organ transplants in 1999, compared to 21,655 in 1999.
There are 450,000-500,000 tissue transplants performed each year in the United States. Approximately 47,000 of these are cornea transplants. The rest are skin, bone, tendon, ligament, middle ear bone, vein and heart valve transplants.
There is a need for 30,000 square feet of skin each year in the United States. In 2000, only 6,000 square feet was available for use from donations received. On average, each donor yields about 3 square feet of skin.
A donor that donates all organs and tissues for transplantation can help 35 to 50 individuals receive a new life or better quality of life. Organs and tissues, if not suitable for transplantation, may be used for medical research with permission from the donor family. Organs and tissues used for research have the potential of saving and improving thousands of lives.
When you make a decision about organ and tissue donation, tell your family and sign a donor card, available from LifeCenter. Preferably, have your family witness your signature on the donor card. Remember to Donate Life.