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Why should You sign up today? Its Organ Donation Month...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

This is part of a report I did on Organ Transplantation.

Did you know that Organ transplantation is one of the top medical accomplishments in the United States? Transplantation has incredible stories of success in the history of medicine. For people who live with organ failure, transplantation offers the hope to prolong life.

Organ transplants save the lives of many, who would otherwise die from kidney, liver, and heart disease.

Did You know that ONE deceased donor can save EIGHT lives and benefit FIFTY other people.

Deceased donors can donate their heart, lungs, pancreas, intestine, kidneys, heart valves, corneas, bones, tendons, and skin; in addition, deceased donors may also donate their entire body for research purposes. Live donors can donate a kidney and parts of their lung, liver, pancreas, and intestine.

Transplant patients have more options today due to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Donate Life of America.

NINETEEN of us will die today! There are 110,856 people on the waiting list for a transplant as of 8:48pm on 4-26-2011. These stats change daily due to transplantation, death, and the added new case every 13 minutes!

Time frame of organ viability is:
Heart: 4-6 hours
Liver: 12-24 hours
Kidney: 48-72 hours
Heart-Lung: 4-6 hours
Lung: 4-6 hours

If you decide to sign-up the most important thing is for you to communicate your desire to donate to your family. so they are prepared to accept your decision. Once you sign the donor card, it becomes your legal consent for donation upon your passing.

Please learn the facts before you say NO. ONE donor can save EIGHT lives.

Leader of Loving Our Kidneys Team

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OWEN2SC 4/27/2011 2:26AM

    I'm also a proud donor! My stepdad just celebrated his 2nd birthday with his new heart, that turns out to be the same age as my sister. Our family was blessed by the donor & his family and we hope to pay it forward someday!

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WHGRN60 4/26/2011 9:25PM

    PROUD to be carrying my organ donor card! A kidney transplant saved my Daddy's life! I wish so much that laws would change to make donation the default--if you are opposed you have to opt OUT instead of opting IN if you want to be a donor. The waiting lists would disappear!

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