January 10, 2017 (Orlando) – TransLife Organ and Tissue Donation Services, the not-for-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO), is proud to announce that in 2016, more lives were saved as a result of Central Florida organ donor heroes than ever before in the program’s history. As of December 31, an astounding 427 lives were saved because 163 people said “yes” to organ donation. This represents an increase of 32 percent over 2015, when TransLife facilitated the gift of life for 293 recipients from 124 donors.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) announced this week that an unprecedented 33,606 organ transplant surgeries were performed in 2016, representing an 8.5 percent increase over 2015. The United States has experienced a 20 percent increase in transplants over the last 5 years, according to UNOS/OPTN (Organ Procurement and Transplant Network) year-end data.
“Thousands more men, women and children are receiving a life-saving transplant opportunity each year,” said Stuart Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., President of the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors. “We are deeply grateful to all who have chosen to help others through the life-saving act of organ donation. We are also very conscious that many more people are still anxiously awaiting a transplant, so we must continue to work with our partners in the donation and transplant community to meet the needs of those who continue to wait.”
In addition to organ donation, TransLife also serves as a tissue donor program for the region. In 2016, 198 tissue donors provided life-enhancing gifts to those in need of bone, skin and tendon donations. One tissue donor has the potential to enhance more than 50 lives, making the impact of those heroes is significant.
“TransLife is committed to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation, and we want to make sure that we’re able to honor each donor and their family who made the Gift of Life possible,” said David DeStefano, TransLife’s Executive Director. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to stay true to our mission of providing second chances to those in need.”