Statistics show that young people are more likely to be chosen as donors in life-saving transplants. Of course, people older than the age limit in their country can make good donors too, and that’s why we ask potential donors to stay on the registry until they reach donor age limit (usually around 60 years old). But younger donors have fewer health complications that would prevent them from donating and may provide better transplant outcomes.
Every day counts for someone in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant, so finding out a donor can’t proceed can waste precious time. What’s more, it costs a substantial amount of money to add each donor to the register. As charities with limited resources, the national organisations need to focus on recruiting the people most likely to be chosen as donors and who are truly committed.