The greatest gift
One person’s decision to share the gifts of life, sight and healing has the power to bring something positive to a tragic situation. It allows someone waiting for a lifesaving transplant to have a precious second chance at life.
The importance of registering your decision as an organ, eye and tissue donor is critical – only 1 percent of the population is able to donate after their death. It’s critical to be educated on the donation process to ensure those waiting for a transplant have an opportunity to receive the gift of life they so desperately need.
A ripple effect
In facilitating the donation process, Lifeline of Ohio is privileged to touch the lives of so many caring and compassionate families whose loved ones have shared the gifts of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. Likewise, we are inspired by the energy and gratitude of those individuals who have received a second chance at life because of a stranger’s generosity. Their stories reveal the power of donation – of families intertwined in a legacy of life.
The donation process
The need for donated organs, corneas and tissues is growing at a much greater rate than their availability. And while transplantation is now considered a standard medical treatment for a wide variety of conditions, it is important to remember that without an individual saying “yes” to donation, transplants are not possible.
Cornea and tissue donation
With cornea and tissue donation, there is not a national waiting list. Medical matching for tissue donation is not necessary because the donated tissue is processed before it is implanted into a recipient as an allograft (tissue that is transplanted from one person to another). Additionally, it is not necessary for tissue recipients to take medications after their transplants because the tissue is purified in preparation for transplantation. The Food and Drug Administration regulates the country’s tissue banks.