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Save a Life. Register to be an organ donor today.

115,000 Patients Waiting for a Lifesaving Organ

HOW DONATION WORKS

Click on the chart below to learn more about each step of the process.

  • A person arrives at a hospital with a life-threatening brain injury and is immediately placed on a ventilator. 

    Medical teams work hard and do everything possible to save their patient’s life. Once loss of brain function is determined, doctors declare the patient clinically and legally dead and begin the donation process by contacting Indiana Donor Network.

    Indiana Donor Network begins by checking the national donor registry and makes contact with the patient’s family. During a time of tragedy, donation can turn loss into a time of hope.

    Indiana Donor Network assumes clinical care of the patient in preparation of organ and tissue recovery. Meanwhile, an Aftercare Coordinator offers support throughout the family’s grief journey. 

  • A national system matches available organs from the donor with patients on the national wait list. Many factors are taken into consideration.

    • Blood Type
    • Body Height & Weight
    • Severity of Illness
    • Donor Distance
    • Tissue Typing

    Some things are NEVER considered. Organs are never matched based on someone’s race, gender, income or social status.

  • Once matches are found, the wait-listed patients are contacted by their transplant teams.

    Organs are recovered from the donor by highly-skilled surgeons with care and respect then transported to hospitals for transplantation.

    Transplants restore life for patients and provide second chances to create new lifelong memories. 

DONATION FAST FACTS

SECONDS
It takes less time to register one’s decision to donate than it does for a Midget driver to complete a qualifying attempt (2 laps) at a dirt track.
MINUTES
In the time it takes to run a heat race at a dirt track, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
THOUSAND
More than 115,000 people nationwide are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. That’s enough people, if standing side by side, to circle the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) almost 10 times.
PEOPLE
Each day, 22 people on average in the U.S. die because a donated organ wasn’t made available in time. That’s equivalent to the first seven rows of cars in the Indy 500 starting lineup.

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