Donations to the needy come from the heart. Sometimes what a person needs IS a heart. Organ donation is a selfless way to give back to people in need. Over 100,000 Americans could be saved by an organ transplant each year. Unfortunately, the necessary organs are not always available, and thousands of people die annually. If all transplantable organs are donated, one organ donor can potentially save up to 8 people.
Who Benefits from Organ Donation?
- Thousands of patients waiting for life-saving transplants
- Your family or friends, who might be in need one day
- You, after making the choice to become an organ donor you will feel great about your selfless decision to help others if the opportunity arises.
(The above organs cannot be stored and must be transplanted to the new body immediately)
- Tissue: corneas, the middle ear, skin, heart valves, bone, veins, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments can be donated and stored for future use
- Stem Cells: bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells, and umbilical cord blood
- Blood and Platelets
How do I Become an Organ Donor?
You will need to register in your state to become a donor. Some donations of organs are made upon your death. Some ogran donations, such as kidney donation, can be made while you are alive and healthy. If you wish to look into living kidney donation, contact a local transplant center to find out more. Even if you have a medical condition, you may be eligible to donate. Minority donations are especially critical.
Are there Ways to Donate Regularly?
You can donate blood on a regular basis. Donating blood saves many lives. You can find a blood drive or local hospital to make your donation. Arrive with ID and be prepared to answer a few simple medical questions. Regular donors will be issued a donor card to make future donations quick and convenient. The blood collection will take about 10 minutes. You’ll rest and enjoy a snack before you leave. There are often perks associated with donating blood from sponsoring companies such as merchandise or tickets to events.
Regional Medical Center wants to encourage you to make a life-saving donation. Patients in our hospital and around the country are patiently waiting for live-saving organ donations. You can give a little part of yourself to be a part of something special. Whether you donate an organ, tissues, or blood you may just save a life. Visit us online to learn more about Giving the Gift of Life.