Donate Life celebration at Singing River Hospital promotes organ donation

GULF LIVE | Tyler Carter
Hospital staff participating in National Donate Life Celebration festivities Tuesday morning.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Around the country, April is National Donate Life Month. Tuesday signified the 11th year Singing River Health System Hospital has celebrated this occasion, encouraging residents in the community to consider becoming organ donors.

"Today, we want to celebrate the lives of donors, both living and deceased, and also people who are recipients who have been able to continue living," said Dr. Steven Demetropoulos, Chief of Staff of SRHS. "The beautiful thing about being an organ donor is the fact that you are able to continue to give even after you die."

Demetropoulos said he knows people can be hesitant to sign up to become an organ donor, but wants them to know it is bigger than just them when they pass away.

"When you donate organs, you provide sight, health, and most importantly, life," he said. "I think people have to look at it as something bigger than what you can do for yourself. This is not just about you, it is about what you can do afterwards. Personally, if I could help someone if a tragic situation befalls me, I would want to be able to do that because I see the people who are waiting for the organs so desperately. They are literally dying waiting for them and they need so we encourage people to think about becoming a donor." Continue Reading
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