Donor Day or Organ Donor Day
Donor Day or Organ Donor Day is held on February 14. This event in the second decade of the month February is annual. Help us
Organ Donor Day raises awareness of organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donation.
Just 1 donation can save up to 3 lives. Annually around 112.5 million units of donated blood are collected globally. Approximately around 13.6 million units of whole blood and red blood cells are collected and nearly 21 million units of blood components are transfused in the United States every year. The average red blood cell transfusion is 3 pints (or 3 whole-blood donations). More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
One person can save eight lives and enhance 75 others through organ, eye and tissue donation. Nearly 114,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant, nearly 22,000 live in California. An organ transplant is their only remaining medical option.
In 1954, the kidney was the first human organ to be transplanted successfully. Liver, heart and pancreas transplants were successfully performed by the late 1960s, while lung and intestinal organ transplant procedures were begun in the 1980s.
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