Ordinary People doing Extraodinary Things

Become an organ donor today

Every year, hundreds of lives are saved across the country because of organ transplantation, and many of them right in our back yard. This wouldn't be possible without the selfless sacrifices of individuals willing to share the gift of life. The transplant team at Methodist Healthcare has developed multiple leading transplant programs for recipients in need of kidney, liver, pancreas and even heart transplants. Our nationally recognized transplant programs at Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant and Methodist Hospital are only possible because of the countless individuals who choose to donate life by becoming an organ donor. When ordinary people are empowered to do extraordinary things – you give the gift of life.

Choosing to donate an organ is a life-changing decision for both the donor and the recipient – and can inspire other ordinary people to do extraordinary things. In Texas alone, there are currently over 10,000 individuals awaiting organ transplants according to Texas Organ Sharing Alliance. 20 people die each day as a result of the drastic organ shortage. Be the reason behind someone’s tomorrow.

Become an organ donor

Irma Ybarra's story

Irma Ybarra died, was revived, and survived on her birthday. Suffering from acute liver failure, she was transferred to Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant from El Paso, Texas. Hear her incredible story and hear about the second chance Irma was given at life thanks to the extraordinary kindness of an organ donor.

What are my options for organ donation?

Deceased donation

Deceased organ donation is when an organ is given at the time of the donor’s death. At the end of your life, you can choose to give the gift of life to someone else.

How do you begin the process of deceased organ donation?

More than 10,000 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant. One deceased donor can save and heal more than 75 lives. Once you make the decision to become an organ donor, there are a variety of options to start the process. You can…

  • Register at www.DonateLifeTexas.org/sahealth/
  • Register when you receive or renew your Driver License, or vehicle registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Register with Texas Parks & Wildlife when applying for hunting and fishing licenses.
Become an organ donor

Living donation

Becoming a living organ donor is both a rewarding and life-changing experience for both the donor and the recipient. Living donation saves two lives: the recipient and the next person on the wait-list for a life-saving deceased organ. Patients who are able to receive living kidney transplants are getting the best quality organ in sometimes less than a year.

How do I know if I can become a Living Kidney Donor?

Becoming a Living Kidney Donor begins with answering a few simple questions. You can simply fill out our living donor referral questionnaire to see if you qualify. Our questionnaire is confidential and secure and should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Living kidney donor referral questionnaire

Sean Elliott's story

Hear from San Antonio Spurs legend Sean Elliott whose life was saved by his brother Noel’s extraordinary gift. The brothers share about being part of the living kidney donor program at Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant, Noel’s decision to become an organ donor, and encourage other ordinary people to do something extraordinary.

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