In 2022, 292 organ donors and 553 tissue donors were recovered in Legacy of Hope’s service area, bringing countless people together in hope. There were 714 organs transplanted! Due to the generosity of our donor families, we had a record-breaking year and helped more people than ever before.
Even so, there is a critical shortage of organs across the country. More than 100,000 individuals are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Of those, more than 1,200 men, women and children are waiting in Alabama. Every 9 minutes, a new person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list and every day, 17 people die waiting for a life-saving transplant.
The generosity of an individual donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and heal countless others through tissue donation. Tissue donation refers to the donation of heart valves, bone and associated tissue, skin and blood vessels. Tissue donation can benefit the recipients of the gifts in a number of serious or life-threatening medical situations, including breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, restoring blood flow, helping people walk again, and so on. The gift of tissue donation can help 75 to 100 people. Corneas are used to restore sight.
In October 2020, the Southeast’s first uterus transplant program was launched by the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute. It is only the fourth of its kind in the United States. In May of 2023, Mallory became the first patient to give birth via a uterus transplant outside of a clinical trial, and her son was the first baby born from UAB Medicine’s uterus transplant program. Legacy of Hope is proud to support this program.