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Donate Life Louisiana announced that Louisiana ranks first in the nation for the number of citizens designating themselves as registered organ donors at the Offices of Motor Vehicles across the state.
Statistics reported by Donate Life America show that more than 64 percent of those obtaining drivers licenses and state IDs in Louisiana say "yes" when asked if they would like to register as an organ and tissue donor. The average national rate is 38 percent.
Louisiana's Organ and Tissue Donor Registry has more than 1.9 million names, but since one person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 12 minutes, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant.
"We are pleased with our progress, but our mission is not complete until no lives are lost due to a lack of organs available for transplantation," said Kelly Ranum, Executive Director of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency and a DLL member.
Registering as an organ and tissue donor is easy. Participants simply add the donor heart designation to their drivers license, learner's permit or state identification card. Family members should be notified of your decision.
Signup Is Available At The Office Of Motor Vehicles Or Online At Www
"This milestone shows the generosity of the people in Louisiana in recognizing the critical need for organ donation," Legacy Donor Foundation Executive
Director Jeanette Slakey said of the recent report.