Being an Organ Donor – What You Need to Know

One Organ Donor has the Power to Give 8 People a Second Chance at Life.
Donating ones organs is a very personal decision. Educating yourself and family members is the first step in making the right decision for you.
I am a strong believer in organ donation. I’ve watched a family member await a life saving organ and I’ve been the patient. That being said, I’m not one to judge another person for choosing differently.
I do however, hope to dispel any uneasiness you may have on the subject and help you make an informed decision. If I can help educate just one person, this article will have served it’s purpose.
Statistics
These numbers change on a daily basis
112,706 are currently waiting for the gift of life, including children.
23,747 transplants were performed in 2011.
90,564 people are awaiting a blood cleansing kidney.
16,067 people are waiting for a new liver.
3,113 people are waiting to hear the beat of their new heart.
1,677 are waiting to take a breath of fresh air with new lungs.
18 people die each day while waiting for the gift of life.
If you want to be a donor
Signing your organ donor card is not enough. Let your family and friends know you wish to donate. Before procurement is done, family members are required to sign a consent form. If they don’t know, your wish will never be carried out.