The liver aids in digestion and plays a major role in metabolism, detoxification and hormone production. It is the largest solid organ in the body, as well as the second most commonly transplanted organ. A human being cannot survive without a functioning liver, making liver transplants one of the few realistic treatment options for those suffering from conditions which cause liver failure (such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease and biliary atresia).
There are currently over 17,000 patients in the United States awaiting a liver transplant. Unfortunately, there are not enough liver donors to keep up with this demand; at an average of just over 5,000 liver transplantations performed in the US each year, the need for more registered organ donors is clear. With more people opting to give the gift of life, thousands of lives could be saved or improved each year!
It’s easy to become a registered liver donor! Register to become an organ donor today and give the gift of life.