The demand for donor hearts is greater than the supply. At any given time, more than 3,000 patients are on the national patient waiting list for a heart transplant, but only about 2,000 donor hearts become available for transplantation in a year. You can help by registering as an organ donor in your state.
You Can Make a Difference
The most important thing to do is to sign up
as an organ and tissue donor in your state's donor registry.
Then, to cover all bases, it's also helpful to:
♥ Designate your decision on your driver's license
♥ Tell your family about your donation decision
♥ Tell your physician, faith leader, and friends
♥ Include donation in your advance directives & will
Houston doctor holds world records for heart transplants, artificial heart surgeries
Dr. Frazier says it's not about the surgical records that he holds or the heart pumps that he helped develop. He says what keeps him working the long days is the memory of some of the patients that he couldn't save. Video report on ABC 13.
Stories from Women - In Their Own Words
"I worked long hours. I went up and down stairs. I was
"I was born with a congenital heart problem."
"After years of frustration . . ."
And watch the video "A Proper Wedding" (YouTube)
Celebrating 25 Years of Heart Transplants
Read the personal stories of people who benefited from the gift of life.
The Bionic Bride and her New Heart
Ally Smith-Babineaux talks about her journey. (YouTube)
One Woman's Story
Wanda Alexander, third time's the charm (7-minute video)
Twenty-nine Years - A Tremendous Gift
Seventy-five-year-old retired research chemist and teacher Charles Washington, thought to be the longest surviving heart transplant recipient (YouTube)
Grandmother Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Heart Transplant
Glenda Pay celebrated the 20th anniversary of her heart transplant in 2013. Pay's journey began at age 41 when she acquired a bad cough and chest pain that would not subside. Eventually, she was diagnosed with heart failure. After referral to Dr. Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute, physicians determined that Pay's heart disease was familial, affecting only women in the family. She would need a heart transplant. Today, Pay volunteers with the Heart Exchange Support Group and encourages people to register as organ donors. Read the full story: April 15, 2013, Texas Medical Center News.
See also on this site:
See also on other sites:
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
All about the gift of life, organ and tissue donation.
Donate Life America
Alliance of organizations committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation.
National Marrow Donor Program
www.marrow.org or bethematch.org
National program that matches marrow
donors and people who need a transplant.
Updated August 2014