Altruistic Organ Donation
Information obtained from HRSA
Most organ and tissue donations occur after the donor has died. But some organs and tissues can be donated while the donor is alive. Nearly 6,000 living donations take place each year. That's about 4 out of every 10 donations.
Most living donations happen among family members or between close friends. Some people become altruistic living donors by choosing to donate to someone they don’t know.
What Can Be Donated?
One or two kidneys
One or two lobes of the liver
A lung or part of a lung, part of the pancreas, or part of the intestines
Skin, after certain surgeries such as an abdominoplasty
Bone after knee and hip replacements
Healthy cells from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood
Amnion, donated after childbirth
Blood, including white and red blood cells, platelets, and the serum that carries blood cells throughout the circulatory system.