Contact: Katy Smith
Written by Heather Dean
Record-Breaking Year for Organ Donation in Oklahoma
455 Lives Saved by Oklahomans Last Year
LifeShare of Oklahoma is proud to announce its sixth consecutive record-breaking year in the number of organ donors who saved and healed lives through organ and tissue donation.
Throughout 2019, LifeShare coordinated the recovery of 516 lifesaving organs from 197 organ donor heroes, surpassing the organization’s all-time high of 188 donors set in 2018. These precious gifts allowed LifeShare to provide 455 grateful organ transplant recipients with a second chance at life.
LifeShare’s annual donation rate of 50 organ donors-per-million-population ranks among the highest in the United States.
“As we reflect on 2019’s success, we are thankful for our healthy partnerships with hospitals and transplant centers, more than 200 dedicated volunteers and our passionate, tireless staff who work around the clock to save lives,” Jeffrey Orlowski, President and CEO of LifeShare said. “However, none of this would have been possible without the generosity, courage and selflessness of the donors and their families.”
Last year, LifeShare also recovered life enhancing tissue from 914 donors whose generous gifts could impact more than 68,000 people. Tissue donation will impact people through bone donations to improve mobility, skin donations to heal burn patients, cornea donations to restore sight and heart valve donations to repair life-threatening defects.
“Our success in 2019 will carry us confidently into 2020 as we continue to impact Oklahoma through the powerful gift of donation,” Orlowski said. “Today, more than 650 Oklahomans await the gift of life through organ donation and countless others wait for tissue donations.”
LifeShare encourages all Oklahomans to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor and to share your decision with your family. You can give the gift of life by registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.LifeShareRegistry.org. For more information about LifeShare, visit www.lifeshareok.org.
LifeShare is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes. We work closely with four transplant centers and 145 healthcare organizations in the state of Oklahoma to facilitate donation. Additionally, we strive to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.
For more information about LifeShare, please visit www.LifeShareOK.org.