INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Donor Network is celebrating a banner year in 2021 despite the challenges of the pandemic.

According to the organization, it transplanted more organs and tissues last year than at any other time in its 34-year history.

Indiana Donor Network President and CEO Kellie Tremain sat down with News 8’s Phil Sanchez for Monday night’s “UnPHILtered” conversation.

Indiana Donor Network claims to have transplanted a record 949 organs, saving the lives of more than 800 people. He also says he has increased the number of transplants by 43% since 2019.

“I think a lot of people would have thought things slowed down during the pandemic,” said Kellie Tremain, president and CEO of Indiana Donor Network. “But thanks to the generosity of Hoosiers, we were able to have a banner year.”

The organization also added more than 120,000 new Hoosiers to the National Donor Registry. Despite the additions, there are nearly 107,000 Americans on the national transplant list, including 1,000 in Indiana.

To register as an organ and tissue, visit the Donate Life Indiana website. Over 4,200,000 Hoosiers have already signed up.

Watch the full interview by clicking on the video above.


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