Becoming an organ donor is a serious decision that can alter the lives of up to eight people. The registration process is simple; you can easily sign up with the BMV when you receive a new license. The hardest part of organ donation is the decision to become a donor. It can be a daunting decision, which is why it is important to talk to your family and friends about your thoughts and wishes. In the end, organ donation is one of the best ways to leave a lasting legacy behind when you pass away. There is no greater gift than the gift of life, and we all have that capability in our hands with organ donation. If you would like to learn more about becoming an organ donor or if you would like to register, contact us at LifeCenter today!
Which Organs Can be Donated
Eight organs can successfully be transplanted from a deceased donor. The liver, heart, pancreas, small intestine, two lungs, and two kidneys all can be donated upon passing. These organs are then swiftly shuttled to people who have been on hold on the waiting list. You can also register as a tissue donor, which can improve the lives of multiple people suffering from everything from vision complications to horrible burns. Tissues that can be donated include skin, corneas, bone tissue, heart valves, and blood vessels.
There are a few fears that people have in this process, most of which are founded in nothing more than misinformation. Many people fear that if they register as an organ donor that hospitals will not attempt to save them when they are in life-threatening situations. This, of course, does not happen. Hospitals will always do everything they can to save your life, being an organ donor has nothing to do with the care that you will receive.
The Waiting List
As of 2017, there were over 114,000 adults and children on the national waiting list. Every ten minutes another person is added to this ever-growing waiting list, making the need for new donors greater than ever. Of these 114,000 adults, over 80% are waiting for kidneys, with a livers coming in a distant second with a 12.1% need. The waiting list has continuously been growing, but the good news is that every deceased donor can effectively knock eight people off that waiting list. This means that if roughly 30,000 people donated their organs today, the waiting list could be almost nullified overnight. Of course, this is a hypothetical solution, but the more people that register as donors, the closer we can come to closing the gap and making sure that everyone gets the organs they so desperately need.
Deceased donors are needed more than ever, with the disparity between organ donors and those in need growing more every day. If you would like to leave a lasting impression behind when you pass away, registering as an organ donor could be perfect for you. If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference as an organ donor, read more here!