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Organ Donation and Transplant

Organ Donation: What You Need to Know

  • Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. Twenty-one people die each day from lack of a transplant.
  • More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year.
  • Ninety percent of Americans support donation, but only 30 percent know how to become a donor.
  • While transplants can and do cross racial and ethnic lines, donors are more likely to match someone from their own racial or ethnic background due to genetic similarities.
  • One deceased organ donor can save eight lives and improve many more with cornea and tissue transplants.

Living Organ Donation: Answers from a Transplant Expert

Mother and daughter embracing

Interested in becoming a donor? Dr. Andrew Cameron answers frequently asked questions about live organ donation.

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Organ Transplant Procedures

HIV-Positive to HIV-Positive Transplants

Dr. Durand and patient speaking during a media briefing

A multidisciplinary team from Johns Hopkins became the first in the world to perform an HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant and the first in the United States to do an HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplant.

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Donate Life | Olivia's Story

Olivia Strama developed acute cardiomyopathy when she was just 7 months old. She received a lifesaving heart transplant at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Hear from Olivia and her parents, Amanda and Alex, to learn more about her story and the importance of organ donation.

How to Become a Hero

Give the gift of hope to the thousands of people waiting for a donated organ. Sign up to become an organ donor.

Recent Studies

Multicenter Study Demonstrates Benefits of Incompatible Living Donor Kidney Transplants

You can match your outfit, but you may not have to match your kidney donor. Results of a recent study suggest that incompatible kidney transplants may be a significantly better long-term survival option than waiting years for a compatible donor.

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Modified Protein Reverses Cirrhosis in Lab Rats

Other than liver transplantation, there is no cure for cirrhosis. Scientists hope that a recently engineered protein could halt liver damage and reduce the number of people who need new organs.

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Tiny Nanoparticles Could Help Patients in Need of Cornea Transplant

Out of the 48,000 corneal transplants done, 10 percent of them end in rejection, largely due to poor medication compliance. A medicine-loaded nanoparticle may one day give patients, family members and clinicians hope for more easily managing medicine after eye surgery.

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