Why are organ, eye, and tissue donations needed?

Organ and tissue donations help save and improve lives. Without these donations, many people will die or remain disabled.

  • There is a shortage of organs for life-saving transplants. Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are on the national transplant waiting list.
  • Organ transplants are life-saving surgeries. Without a transplant, many sick people who need new hearts, livers, kidneys, or lungs will die.
  • Tissue transplants can save the lives of burn victims, be used for breast reconstruction for cancer survivors, or allow someone to walk again.
  • Corneal transplants restore sight to people who are blind.