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Monday, August 16, 2010

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS- CALIFORNIA

7 MILLION CALIFORNIA REGISTERED DONORS!
Source: Chinese World Journal


加州700萬人參與器官捐贈
記者陳科榕洛杉磯報導

圖一:加州眾議會議長裴瑞茲(左二)6日慶祝加州參與捐贈器官計畫的民眾到達700萬人,領先全美其他州,成為最多捐贈器官人數的一州
加州眾議會議長裴瑞茲(John Perez6日祝賀加州參與捐贈器官計畫的民眾到達700萬人,領先全美其他州,成為捐贈器官人數最多的一州。
所有加州人在申請駕照填寫表格時,都會看到其中一個區塊,詢問民眾是否願意成為器官捐贈者。慶祝活動特別選在加州車管局前舉辦,並邀請器官捐贈者家屬及器官接受者共同現身說法,邀請所有民眾一同參與,發揮大愛,讓生命延續。
根據統計,全美等待器官移植的人多達10萬人,其中接近20%來自加州,加州民眾加入器官捐贈更顯重要。器官移植計畫自20054月開啟,所捐贈的器官已拯救超過1000人,捐贈的角膜及組織也治癒了35000名病患。
裴瑞茲表示,器官捐贈對他來說意義重大,自己的母親在去世之前就罹患腎病,需要洗腎。他感謝民眾願意成為器官捐贈者,使飽受病魔威脅的生命得以重生。
來自越南的阮爸爸、33歲的兒子去年因心臟病過世,將身上的肝臟、腎臟等有用器官及組織分別捐給需要的病患,四位民眾因此獲得重生。他哽咽的說,雖然亞洲的文化及信仰認為死要全屍,但與其讓兒子的器官化為塵土,不如給有需要的人,雖然兒子過世,但感覺就好像他以不同方式,存在人間,更有意義。
器官捐贈組織社區關懷專員何建芬 (Sabrina Ho)表示,雖然加州器官捐贈的數量占全國最高,但比率來說仍相當低。根據統計,去年到車管局申請駕照的民眾僅26%勾選器官捐贈,是全國倒數第五名。
在加州主要的縣市中,以聖地牙哥縣、康曲科斯塔縣及沙加緬度縣,器官捐贈的比率最高,分別占該縣總人口的30.4%28.9%28.3%,而佛瑞斯諾縣及洛杉磯縣則比例最低。
民眾除了在申請及更新駕照填寫表格時可以選擇參與器官捐贈計畫外,還可以上網填寫資料參加。詳情請上網www.dmv.ca.gov/about/donatelife/donatelife.htmwww. donatelifecalifornia.org查詢。

California Assembly Speaker John Perez announced 7 million Californians registered as organ and tissue donors and it has reached the nation-leading registry.  To register to become an organ and tissue donor, check the YES block on the driver license or identification application form. At the celebration of the 7 million mark, the California DMV along with donor families and recipients invite all the citizens to participate and play a great love for life. The number of registered donors is especially important in the face of the disproportionate need for donated organs in California. Of more than 100,000 patients currently listed on the National Organ Transplanted Waiting List, over 20,000 (nearly 20 percent), live in California.

Since the Donate Life California Registry was introduced in April 2005, donors who had registered prior to death have saved more than 1,000 lives through organ donation and healed more than 35,000 through cornea and tissue donation.

“Organ donation is very personal to me. My mother, before her death, was on kidney dialysis for several years,” said Perez. He thanked to seven million Californians who have volunteered to save lives as organ and tissue donors and giving hope to those patients who are suffering from the illness and has given a chance to reborn to life.  Chuyen Nguyen, father of Vu Nguyen from Vietnam, whose son 33-year-old died of a heart attack last year and donated liver, kidney and other organs and tissues are useful for transplantation to the needs of patients and four people thus reborn. ”While the Asian culture and beliefs intact, instead of his son's organs to dust, Vu has registered at DMV prior to his death and choose to be a greater meaning in life” said Mr Chuyen Nguyen.

Sabrina Ho, Community Relations Specialist represents Organ and Tissue Donation Organization of Southern California indicated that although California has more registered donors than any other state donor registry, when offered the opportunity to register as donors a relatively low percentage of Californians choose to do so. According to the Donate Life California data, last year only 26% of DMV customers applying for or renewing their drivers’ licenses and ID cards checked ‘Yes’ on their forms to register as donors. In major cities and counties in California such as San Diego County, Costa County and Sacramento County, organ donation rates highest, respectively the County population 30.4%, 28.9%, 28.3%, whereas Fresno and Los Angeles County, the lowest donation rate. When you apply or renewal driver license or identification card, you can choose to participate in the organ donation program. For more information, please visit at www.dmv.ca.gov/about/donatelife/donatelife.htm or www. Donatelifecalifornia.org.

Link to story: http://la.worldjournal.com/view/full_la/9035534/article-%E5%8A%A0%E5%B7%9E700%E8%90%AC%E4%BA%BA%E5%8F%83%E8%88%87%E5%99%A8%E5%AE%98%E6%8D%90%E8%B4%88?instance=la_news2

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