Non-profit Breaks Organ Recovery Record for Third Year in a Row
Falls Church, VA (January 8, 2019) – Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC), the non-profit organ procurement organization in the D.C. metropolitan area, recovered and allocated 474 lifesaving organs from 137 generous donors in 2018. This is the third year in a row WRTC surpassed expectations in breaking an organizational record.
These organs, which include hearts, lungs, kidneys, pancreases, livers, and intestines, saved the lives of 401 individuals throughout the D.C. metropolitan area and across the United States. These gifts also contributed to the national transplant waiting list decreasing from 115,639 patients in January 2018 to 113,961 patients in January 2019.
In addition to the record number of organs recovered, WRTC facilitated gifts from 455 tissue donors, a 22% increase from 2017. The gift of tissue is used in hundreds of life-enhancing surgeries across the country.
“Our clinical team is laser focused and committed to maximizing every lifesaving gift from each generous donor,” said Lori Brigham, President and CEO of WRTC. “We are grateful for these heroic donors and their courageous families, for our transplant centers and hospital partners who help preserve every donation option, and for our hundreds of selfless volunteers who spread awareness about organ donation throughout the community.”
Currently there are more than 2,400 patients in the D.C. metropolitan area on the transplant waiting list. WRTC works in partnership with six transplant centers and 44 hospitals to decrease the number of patients waiting for a lifesaving organ.
WRTC also educates the public about organ, eye and tissue donation with the goal of increasing the number of registered organ donors, and ultimately saving more lives. To learn more, and register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit BeADonor.org.