Are you signed up to be an organ and tissue donor? Having this designation on your driver license will let your family and medical professionals know that you want your organs and other body tissues to be given to someone in need of a transplant at your time of death. You could save up to 8 lives by signing up to be an organ donor! Some individuals and groups have religious or personal reasons for not wanting to participate in organ and tissue donation, and that’s totally fine. But if you’re among the 55% of Americans who haven’t signed up for the donor registry yet, maybe some of the following donation facts will help you make the choice register.
Organ Donation Statistics
Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant wait list. That’s thousands of people waiting for an organ matching their needs or a matching tissue donation. Many people have found themselves in critical need of a new organ, including some names you might recognize like Tracy Morgan, Steve Jobs, and former Vice President Dick Cheney. They were lucky to receive life-saving transplants from organ donors in time. On average, 22 people on that wait list die each day while waiting for an available organ to be transplanted. That’s why it’s so important to understand organ donation and how it can save lives.
How You Can Help
Practically anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, even infants and senior citizens! There is always a demand for kidneys, livers, hearts, and other vital organs. If you’ve made the donation decision, simply enroll in your state’s registry when you’re applying for (or renewing) your driver’s license. You can also sign up online if you’re not in the process of updating your driver license or if you don’t have one yet. If you’re under 18, discuss this choice with your family. Minors will need consent for organ donation before they can get a donor registration card.
What Happens to Donors
If you decide to potentially 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.