ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – Last year, nearly 29,000 lives were saved by organ transplants.
Still, more than 121,000 people continue to wait. more than 35,000 people on that list live in Virginia.
April is donate life month.
It’s a national campaign encouraging people to become organ donors.
It also celebrates those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Tammy Coffey, the community education coordinator for Life Net Health says the most common reason people choose not to give is because of misconceptions about the organ donation process.
“The biggest misconception is that if they have a wreck or if they are in the hospital is that the doctors are not going to try to save their lives,” Coffey said.“That’s the biggest misconception. The doctors in the medical facilities are going to do everything possible to save their lives and organ donation will come after they do everything to save their lives.” Continue reading
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