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What Can Be Donated

Up to 25 different organs and tissues can be donated for transplantation.

What Can Be DonatedTransplantable organs include the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, and small intestines.

Transplantable tissues include blood, blood vessels, bones, bone marrow, cartilage, connective tissues, eyes, heart valves, and skin.

Can organs be sold?

No. In books, movies, and on TV, we see dramatic accounts of wealthy people buying organs for transplantation, but this is not reality. The National Organ Transplant Act prohibits the sale of human organs for transplantation. Violators of this law are subject to fines up to $50,000 and five years in a federal prison.

Organs are distributed according to a national waiting list without preferential treatment related to race, religion, gender or financial status.


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Reagan, heart recipient
heart recipient
Lexington, S.C.

Reagan was born in 2005 with a rare congenital heart defect and needed several critical surgeries. Two days before her first Christmas, Reagan's heart could no longer sustain itself. Reagan was placed on a heart machine and her only remaining chance to survive was a heart transplant.

Finally, Friday the 13th of January, became Reagan's lucky day. Through the generosity of a donor family, Reagan got the new heart she needed. Now this beautiful young girl is growing up and loves playing with her older brother.

Reagan's mom Kelly says, "I am so grateful daily that the donor's family was so courageous. They gave life to us all!"
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