Organ donations provide opportunities to save lives

The State Press | Kendra Penningroth
Photo by Ellen M. Banner | Seattle Times
Aiyana Lucas, 8, hugs mother Promeese Lucas in her room at Seattle Children's Hospital on May 21, 2015 in Seattle, Wash. A rare reaction to her first donor heart has caused its arteries to narrow dangerously, and donor organs are scarce in Aiyana's age group.

On any given day more than 123,000 people are on a waiting list, anxiously hoping to be lucky enough to receive life-altering organ donations. Every 10 minutes, another person gets added to that same list.

In 2015, the number of organ donations in the U.S. hit a record high with a five percent increase from 2014, and people are beginning to think the increase is indicative of an adequate number of organ donors.

Yes, 90 percent of the adult population supports organ donation, but unfortunately, less than half of those polled are actually registered donors themselves. Continue reading
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