Visit www.cota.org – Select "Patient
Campaigns;" then select initial: "D" for Dyamond
Children's Organ Transplant Association Facts
The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national
charity based in Bloomington, Indiana, which is dedicated to
organizing and guiding families and communities in raising funds
for transplant-needy patients. COTA's priority is to assure that
no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from
a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. 100% of all funds
raised are used for transplant-related expenses.
- Founded in 1968 after a group of Bloomington, Indiana, volunteers
helped raise funds to place a child on the liver transplant
- COTA has helped more than 1,000 children and adults and
has raised more than $40 million.
- Since 1986, more than 550 COTA patients have been successfully
- In 2005, more than 70 COTA patients were successfully transplanted
and nearly $5.5 million was raised.
- COTA does not charge any patient for its services.
- Every dollar raised in honor of COTA's patients is used
for transplant-related expenses.
- COTA funds are available for the patient's life for almost
any transplant-related expense.
- In addition to children, COTA works with adults with genetic
diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. In 2005, 95%of COTA patients
were under the age of 21.
- Nearly 80% of COTA's patients are referred to COTA by a
social worker, financial coordinator or transplant coordinator
at a transplant center.
- Since 1986, COTA volunteers and staff have distributed more
than 2 million organ donation registration cards. COTA works
in partnership with the Coalition on Donation, the Indiana
Donation Alliance Foundation, the American Legion Child Welfare
Foundation and the Kiwanis to incrase the organ donation rate.
Find out more about COTA at www.cota.org or call 800.366.2682.
Transplant and Organ Donation Facts
- More than 90,000 U.S. patients are currently
waiting for solid organ transplants, with up to 100,000 more
searching for a cord blook, marrow or stem cell match.
- Each day, about 74 people receive an organ
transplant. Each day, 17 people die waiting for an organ
- First U.S. organ transplant - 1954 at Boston's
Brigham and Women's Hospital - kidney was transplanted from
one twin to another.
- Currently there are 58 organ procurement
organizations in the U.S. that provide organ procurement
services to 261 transplant centers.
- Donor organs are matched to waiting recipients
by a national computer registry called the National Organ
Procurement adn Transplantation Network (OPTN). This computer
registry is operatd by the United Network for Organ Sharing
(UNOS) in Richmond, Virginia, which was chartered by Congress
to provide this service.
- The cost
of organ transplants varies greatly, not only with the type
of transplant, but also with the hospital where the
procedure occurs. Typical organ transplant costs (not including
pre-transplant or follow-up treatments) are: kidney, pancreas
or small bowel $125,000; liver $300,000; lungs $300,000;
heart $350,000; bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplants
- Hospitals require that a patient
be able to show proof of payment BEFORE the patient is place
don a transplant waiting list. Typical insurance plans will
pay 80% of the "normal
and customary" expenses incurred for the procedure. That
means that for a $300,000 liver transplant, the patient will
likely be responsible for a $60,000 deductible PLUS other related
expenses such as temporary housing while the patient is hospitalized,
transporation for pre-and post-transplant care, medications,
etc. The lifetime total can easily exceed $1 million.
Visit www.cota.org – Select "Patient Campaigns;" then
select initial: "D" for Dyamond Ott’s campaign.
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