26 Percent Organ Donor Increase in FLDRN Service Area in 2013
February 17th, 2014 by Nancy Ryan
But 700 patients are still waiting for transplants in the region.
There were 48 deceased organ donors in 2013 in the region of upstate New York served by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) service area, 10 more donors when compared with the previous year. This represented an increase of 26 percent.
FLDRN covers hospitals in New York’s Finger Lakes, Central and North Country Regions.
The 48 donors in 2013 was the highest total in a single year since 2010 when organs were recovered from 51 deceased donors, and it matched the 2009 total.
Organs Transplanted in 2013
As a result of the generosity of organ donors, 118 organs were transplanted in 2013 in the FLDRN region. That number was slightly lower than in 2012 when 120 organs were transplanted, but five more than in 2011.
FLDRN Executive Director Rob Kochik explained why the number of organs transplanted each year may vary no matter the total of organs recovered.
“It depends upon a range of issues, including the condition and viability of a donor’s organs, whether there is a blood and tissue-type match with potential recipients and the size of the organs,” he said.
Still, Mr. Kochik expressed his appreciation in regard to the notable rise in the number of donors. “We are very grateful that more precious lives could be saved, often just in time when there appeared to be little hope for desperately sick patients.”
Mr. Kochik added: “At the end of the day, all we can ask for is that more New Yorkers give the gift of life. However, it’s a sobering fact that around 700 patients are still waiting for organs in our region, and the time they have to wait—sometimes for years—can only be remedied if more New Yorkers were to enroll with the Donate Life Registry.”
Some Key FLDRN Service Area Statistics from 2013
- 70 kidneys were transplanted in 2013; 29 livers; 9 hearts and 10 lungs.
- The number of lungs transplanted (10) represents a 50 percent increase over the previous year.
- 603 organs were transplanted over the five-year period from 2009 through 2013.
- The shortage of organ donors continues to be a barrier to saving more lives: More than 700 people are waiting for organ transplants in the FLDRN area; more than 10,400 in New York State and more than 120,000 nationwide.
- Many people listed for an organ transplant can wait for years in New York State before an organ becomes available. Tragically, approximately 600 people die state-wide each year because no organs could be found in time to save their lives.
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) is a federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organization, and it is a division of the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital.