Organ donation and tissue donation is an incredibly important topic and should be seriously talked about with loved ones. When having the conversation, it is important to consider the lives that will be affected if you choose to donate your organs. Below are some facts that show the importance of organ donation.
In Nevada there are over 500 people on the organ donor waiting list, hoping to receive a life changing gift. Luckily, 41% of Nevada’s adult population are registered to be organ donors, that's over 900,000 people. That number may sound high but it's important to remember that 22 people die every day because they could not receive the organ’s they need to survive. Organ donations can also go to disabled individuals to greatly enhance their lives.
According to the University of Nevada, “In the United States, there are over 120,000 people on the organ donor waiting list and 22 people die each day.” By choosing to become an organ donor, you can help the lives of those on the organ donor waiting list and the families of those who need organ donations. You could save 8 lives by choosing to be an organ donor, making you a super hero!
We here at Aceable do not wish to impose our beliefs on you or your loved ones but if you would like to learn more about organ donation, the process of organ donation, or hear about how some celebrities (like Tracy Morgan, Steve Jobs, Dick Cheney and many others) have had life changing and life saving organ donations read this blog post.
Registering to be an Organ Donor and Tissue Donor in Nevada
Congratulations on deciding to become an organ donor, your selfless choice could save lives! There are multiple easy ways to become an organ donor in Nevada.
Registering In Person (at the DMV)
When you get your license in Nevada or renew your license in Nevada at the DMW (Department of Motor Vehicles), you will be asked if you would like to declare yourself as an organ and tissue donor. Answer in the affirmative and they will add you to the list of donors, effectively making you a super hero. In addition you get a heart on your license which we think is pretty cool.
You can also register to donate online, this is great if you forgot to register the last time you were at the DMV or if you do not have a Nevada (NV) driver’s license. To register online, visit Donate Life Nevada or the Nevada Donor Network.
You can also register with a central registration system, Organize.org, which will allow you to register in the multiple state registries so that your choice of being an organ donor will be known throughout The United States.
To register by mail (Yes, snail mail. Not E-mail.), download the Nevada DMV's Organ Donor Registration Form and mail it to the address on the second page of the form.
What Happens to Organ Donors and Tissue Donors?
There are many myths surrounding organ donation, these myths are dangerous and we here at Aceable would like to dispel as many of these as possible. Below is some information we believe greatly clarifies the organ donation process. If you would like more information about the myths, the Mayo Clinic discusses many more myths in this article from the Mayo Clinic.
If you decide to save lives by becoming an organ donor, you should feel confident in that decision. Rest assured that if you get sick or injured, doctors will do absolutely everything possible to try to save you before collecting your organs. If you’re in an accident, paramedics won’t look at your driver license to check for an organ donation indicator until you’ve passed away. So you don’t worry that you won’t be treated with the best care just so your body to be used for organ or tissue donation. Saving your life will always be the #1 priority before an organ transplantation.
An organ donation could potentially save the life of up to 8 transplant recipients. The donor’s family won’t have to pay any fees associated with the organ transplant or the donation process, and your body will not be disfigured if your family wants to have a funeral ceremony. We know it all sounds a little scary, but it’s part of life, and you could save the life of someone else. If organ donation sounds like the right choice for you, register to join the 125 million+ other donors nationally. If you’d like more information on the topic, check out some of the donor organizations like Donate Life. You can also request additional information from the DMV. Thank you for the selfless commitment to saving the lives of people in need.
What Organs and Tissues can be donated?
Many of your body parts can be donated to help save lives, you might be surprised with the list below.
- Heart Valves
- Most other tissue
- Bone marrow
- Cord blood stem cells
- Peripheral blood stem cells
Sign up to be an organ donor and you can live on in the lives you save and the lives you enhance!