Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

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What you need to know

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What you need to know

What you need to know

Organ and Tissue Donation Nebraska Recipient Story

 

An organ, eye and tissue donor can save and heal more than 100 lives. Register to be a Donor.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administers the Nebraska Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness and Education Fund to promote organ and tissue donation in the state. The Fund is supported by Nebraskans who can voluntarily donate $1.00 at the time they get or renew their driver's license or state ID card. Fees from Donate Life license plates also support the Fund. 

In Nebraska

  • There are over 300 people waiting for an organ transplant.
  • In 2020, more than 700 people gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
  • Anyone age 16 or over can register to be a donor.

In the United States

  • There are over 100,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant.
    • 85% are in need of a kidney.
  • 20 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
  • Organs are matched based on compatibility, distance to the donor and recipient urgency.
  • Donation is free for the donor's family.

In 2020, over 39,000 transplants were performed.