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To be honest in our family we never thought about it until Lauren needed her first heart in 2013. Now we are dedicated in helping to educate and bring awareness to such a quite subject.
More than 120,000 people in the U.S. are waiting to receive a life-giving organ transplant. We simply don't have enough donated organs to transplant everyone in need. Many factors used to match organs with patients in need are the same for all organs, but the system must accommodate some unique differences for each organ.
The First Step
Before an organ is allocated, all transplant candidates on the waiting list that are incompatible with the donor because of blood type, height, weight and other medical factors are automatically screened from any potential matches. Then, the computer application determines the order that the other candidates will receive offers, according to national policies.
Geography Plays a Part
There are 58 local donor service areas and 11 regions that are used for U.S. organ allocation. Hearts and lungs have less time to be transplanted, so we use a radius from the donor hospital instead of regions when allocating those organs.
The Right-Sized Organ
Proper organ size is critical to a successful transplant, which means that children often respond better to child-sized organs. Although pediatric candidates have their own unique scoring system, children essentially are first in line for other children's organs.
Donated organs require special methods of preservation to keep them viable between the time of procurement and transplantation.
COMMON MAXIMUM ORGAN PRESERVATION TIMES
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
Read our personal journey on the heart transplant list