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Welcome to Gift of Life Michigan’s Newsroom, where you'll find the latest in transplant news and industry innovations, along with inspiring stories about transplant recipients, tributes to donors and donor families and general information of interest about the organ and tissue transplant community. 

You can also access media contact information, fact sheets, videos, graphics and more. Most importantly, we can help connect you with medical experts, transplant recipients and/or family members of organ and tissue donors to interview. 

Let us know how we can help you with your news story. We’ve made recent statistics and facts about donation available below, as well as suggested terminology for your reports. Check out our latest news here and our news archives here. 

Media Inquiries

Patrick O'Brien, Chief Communications Officer


Patrick O'Brien
Chief Communications Officer
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Donation and Transplant Terminology

  • Organ "recovery" is used nationwide to refer to organs transplanted, as a matter of accuracy, clarity and respect for organ donors and their families. Do not use the word "harvest," as it is considered harsh and it is not completely accurate. 

  • Similarly, use the phrase "deceased donor," never "cadaver."

  • The term "life support" is inaccurate and confusing when used in relation to a brain dead patient. The recommended phrasing is that a donor's body is kept on "mechanical support," or a ventilator until the time of donation.


Donation Facts

  • Of the state's 7.6 million adults, more than 4.8 million are registered donors.

  • The best way to indicate one's decision to donate life is to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

  • On average, 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week.

  • The supply of organs donated doesn't come close to meeting the demand. In Michigan, about 2,500 people are waiting for a transplant. About 113,000 people are waiting nationwide.

  • Organ donors can save up to eight lives and tissue donors can substantially improve life for up to 75 sick, injured or blind people.