Gift of Life Donor Program Sets New National Record for Organ Donation in 2015

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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Gift of Life Donor Program – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – is the leading OPO in the nation for the eighth year in a row with its successful coordination of life-saving gifts from 483 local organ donors, which resulted in 1,291 organ transplants.  Gift of Life exceeded its previous national record of 447 organ donors that it reached in 2013 and 2014.  An additional 352 transplants were coordinated from other areas of the country, bringing the total number of organs coordinated by Gift of Life to 1,643. This is the greatest number of organs ever coordinated by an OPO in the United States.

Gift of Life also recovered tissue from 2,546 individuals, whose donations may benefit up to 100,000 people – including bone donations to repair fractures and prevent amputations, skin donations to heal burn patients and heart valve donations to repair life-threatening defects. This includes 2,265 cornea donations that will give the gift of sight to recipients.

“Being the national leader in coordinating the most life-saving organ donors is a great accomplishment. We are grateful for the generosity of donors and donor families who chose donation, along with the expertise and dedication of the region’s healthcare professionals and our strong partnerships with the 15 transplant centers and 129 acute care hospitals in our area.” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program.  “Gift of Life staff also work tirelessly 24/7 to be excellent stewards of these precious gifts.  Every day, I’m proud of the work that we do at Gift of Life.”

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