Did you know that if you become an organ donor you can save up to 8 people’s lives? There are 113,057 people waiting for someone selfless enough to donate their organs. You could decrease this number by 8! Even though an average of 79 people receive their life saving transplants each day, this is not enough. About 18 people die waiting for the transplant they never received.
The most recent data shows that there were about 2.5 million deaths in the U.S. If each of those deceased would have donated their organs the numbers waiting on the list would have dropped dramatically.
When you sign up to become a donor your organs, eyes, and tissue will be used to keep others alive or their self-esteem high. It is important to know that when you sign up you can choose NOT to donate certain organs (if you want to keep them after your death).
If you have medical conditions– you can still donate. After death medical examiners will make sure your organs are suitable for the person in need. Age is also not a factor. Infants to elderly organ donors are needed.
You can donate some of your organs alive, and other organs you will not be able to donate until after passing. To donate after you have passed away a medical team will make sure you are considered “brain death” before donating your organs/tissues/eyes.
“Testing for Brain Death: When the medical team has exhausted all possible lifesaving efforts and the patient is not responding, a physician will perform a series of tests, usually on multiple occasions, to determine if brain death has occurred. This is usually done by a neurosurgeon or neurologist in compliance with accepted medical practice and state law. Patients who are brain dead have no brain activity and cannot breathe on their own. Brain death is not coma. Brain death is death”.
To become a donor you need to register to donate in your state. Click here if you would like to be the reason others are alive. There are currently over 100 million people in the U.S. who are already signed up to donate their organs. Join them in the selfless act now. Minorities are especially needed to donate because most donors are often a match for the same ethnicity as they are.
Once you sign up to register you should:
- Show your decision on your driver’s license
- Tell your family, physician, faith leader, friends, etc. about your decision
- Include your decision in your advance directives, will, and living will
According to www.organdonor.gov as of May 4, 2009, the percentage of recipients who were still living 5-years after their transplant is noted below for kidney, heart, liver, and lung.
- Kidney: 69.3%
- Heart: 74.9%
- Liver: 73.8%
- Lung: 54.4%
If you would like to learn more about donating your organs, tissue, and eyes you can click on the “Organ Donation” image on my sidebar, or visit www.organdonor.gov .
While reading this someone has probably been added to the donor list. Someone is added about every 11 minutes. Please make the number of people waiting less, register to donate today.