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Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS ALREADY GONE BY THE WAYSIDE? BECOMING AN ORGAN DONOR IS EASILY ACHIEVABLE

Baystate Health

If you’ve already failed on one or more of your New Year’s resolutions, here’s one to replace them that is easy to achieve and will only take a few moments of your time - becoming an organ donor.

“Every 12 minutes a new person is added to the national transplant wait list, which is already overcrowded with more than 123,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ. Sadly, every day 21 people die while waiting for an organ transplant,” said Dr. George Lipkowitz, medical director, Transplant Services, Baystate Medical Center.

Making your wishes known is easy. Potential donors need only to sign a donor card, indicating their wishes on their driver’s license, or register online at donatelifenewengland.org.

However, while a signed donor card, online registration and a driver’s license with an “organ donor” designation are legal documents, organ and tissue donation should always be discussed with family members prior to any donation, so they are well aware of your wishes, noted Dr. Lipkowitz.

According to Dr. Lipkowitz, believing you are too old to become a donor is just one of the many common misconceptions and inaccuracies about donation that persist today. Continue reading

 

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