There have been many inspiring stories about how organ and tissue donation has saved and transformed lives. By receiving a healthy organ and tissue donation from a living or deceased donor, transplantation recipients can have a second chance at life, do the things they normally do, and most importantly, spend more time with the people they love.
In the past year, organ and tissue transplantation saved the lives of more than a thousand Australians, both adults and children. According to the NSW Ministry of Health and the Organ and Tissue Authority, approximately 1,650 Australians are still on the waitlist for organ and tissue donation, and most of them are awaiting a kidney donation for transplantation. There are also over 12,000 dialysis patients, with many also needing a kidney donor.
These numbers highly suggest that there is still a growing need for more organ and tissue donation to facilitate lifesaving transplantation. But what is organ and tissue donation? Let’s find out.