LOPA sets new organ donation record in 2021
LOPA says that in 2021, they set a record for organ donation in the state. They say those records were about the number of organ donors and the number of organs transplanted.
According to LOPA, Louisiana had 242 organ donors who provided 763 organs to pending transplant recipients.
The number of donors is up 15% from a year ago, despite the challenges of a continuing pandemic and the devastation of Hurricane Ida, they say.
Last year, 479 people also donated tissue for procedures such as heart valve transplants for children born with congenital heart defects, skin grafts for burns and various orthopedic rehabilitation surgeries. One tissue donor can provide vital transplants to up to 75 people.
“Over 62% of these donor heroes made the decision for themselves by registering in advance as donors. This action not only helps to ensure that an individual’s end-of-life decision is honored while also relieving family members from making a decision during such a traumatic time, “LOPA said in a statement.
In addition to organ and tissue donation, LOPA has a research team that identifies new projects to help with medical advancements and therapies. One area of particular interest for LOPA in 2021 was brain donation, which not only provides families with additional donation opportunities, but also contributes to groundbreaking work in traumatic brain injury and autism research.
“We are in a unique position to help transplant recipients get a second chance at life and support families in their grief,” said Kelly Ranum, CEO of LOPA. “The selflessness of our donors and their families offers healing potential. With nearly 2,000 people in Louisiana waiting for a vital organ, it is important that we continue to set and achieve bold goals so that we can help and heal even more people in the years to come. “
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