MORA Saves Record Number of Lives in 2020

February 16, 2021

MORA is pleased to announce that 2020 was a record-breaking year for saving and healing lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Despite the challenges presented by the spread of COVID-19, MORA’s team worked hard to adapt and continue to safely work with our hospital partners and donor families to save and heal lives through donation and transplantation. In total, 284 organs were transplanted—that’s 284 lives saved and families impacted. This impact was made possible by the generosity of 98 organ donors. In addition, a record number of 497 tissues were recovered. Donated tissues can be used for reconstructive procedures, burn victims, restoring sight to the visually impaired through cornea donation, and restoring mobility to those who suffer from life-altering injuries.

“This record year would not have been possible without the resilience and commitment of our team, Donate Life Community, dedicated healthcare partners, and especially our selfless donor families,” says Kevin Stump, MORA President and CEO. “On behalf of our team and those impacted by donation, MORA expresses its sincerest gratitude to our donor heroes and their families. We hope each donor family finds healing know their loved one lives on.”

MORA also works to increase awareness of the need for donation and the importance of registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. As a result of these efforts and our outstanding Donate Life Mississippi partners, Mississippi’s donor registry surpassed 1 million registered donors in 2020. Thank you, Mississippi, for saying “yes” to donation!

There are currently more than 1,300 Mississippians waiting for a transplant. Nationally, an average of 20 people die each day waiting on an organ. One donor has the power to save up to eight lives, restore the sight of two people, and heal the lives of 75 people.
“While we celebrate the accomplishments of 2020 and the lives saved, MORA also recognizes that the need is still great,” says Stump. “We continue to press ahead in our mission of saving and improving lives and we encourage Mississippians to join us in bringing hope to those waiting by registering their decision to give life.”

Register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor at