• The national waiting list for organ transplants is rising at an alarming rate, with nearly 117,000 individuals currently on the list.
  • In Ohio, there are more than 2,900 people – 615 in Central Ohio – waiting for an organ transplant at any time, and hundreds more await tissue and corneal transplants.
  • Approximately 20 times each day a man, woman or child dies for lack of an available organ. Once every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting.
  • In 2016, 358 Ohioans shared the Gift of Life through organ donation at the time of their death. Through their unselfish generosity, 1,135 organs were transplanted.
  • In 2016, 93 individuals in Central and Southern Ohio shared the Gift of Life through organ donation.
  • In Central and Southern Ohio in 2016, 534 individuals shared the Gift of Healing through tissue donation and 172 individuals gave the Gift of Sight through cornea donation.
  • 33,610 transplants were performed in the United States in 2016. 5,978 of those transplants were living donations.
  • 49,869 cornea transplants and 1.75 million tissue transplants were performed nationally in 2016.
  • An average of 92 organ transplants are performed every day in the United States.
  • A single donor can potentially save the lives of eight people and heal more than 50 by donating vital organs (heart, two lungs, two kidneys, liver, pancreas and small bowel) and tissue (corneas, bone, fascia, skin, veins and heart valves).

Top 10 Facts about Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation


How Does An Ohioan Register As A Donor?

Ohioans may declare their wish to become an organ, eye and tissue donor by registering in the Ohio Donor Registry. Additionally, individuals may indicate their intentions when renewing their driver’s license, or by completing a Donor Registry Enrollment Form available on line through the Lifeline of Ohio website.

The Ohio Donor Registry is an individual’s first person advanced directive to donate the Gift of Life at the time of their death if possible through organ, eye and tissue donation. The Anatomical Gift Law in Ohio states that if over the age of 18, a person’s donation registration is legally binding and irreversible by anyone but the individual themselves.

The State of Ohio established the Ohio Donor Registry on July 1, 2002.

People are encouraged to discuss these wishes with their family, so their next of kin are aware of the decision at the time of their death. Fulfilling a loved one’s wish to donate is one of the most helpful steps a grieving family can take to deal with its loss.