April is National Donate Life Month
April is National Donate Life month. The number of people in need of transplants
continues to outpace the number of donor organs. According to the Department
of U.S. Health and Human Services, 123,351 people are waiting for an organ;
approximately 21 people will die each day waiting for an organ; and 1
organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible.
Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants
that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns,
hearing impairment and vision loss.
Making the decision to be an organ donor gives a second chance at life
for thousands of people each year. The most important thing to do once
you decide to be a donor, is to sign up as an organ and tissue donor in
your state’s donor registry. It is also helpful to designate your
decision on your driver’s license; tell you family, physician, faith
leader and friends about your decision; and include your donation in your
advance directives, will and living will.
For more information about donating, visit organdonor.gov, mwtn.org, or
donatelife.net. To sign up to be an organ donor, visit
www.missouriorgandonor.com. To speak with someone local, Ozarks Medical Center has an organ and tissue
donation coordinator on staff. Contact Addy van Os Keuls at 417-256-9111,
ext. 6150, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.