Stephanie Stewart, a trained and licensed social worker and operations administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota, shares her experience with organ donations.
Someone you are related to, someone you work with or someone you know may be waiting for an organ transplant. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 123,000 people currently need lifesaving organ transplants. And, although there have been advances in medical technology and donations, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation still greatly exceeds the number of donors.
I see how these numbers impact people — patients and their families — almost every day.
Patients in need of a transplant remain hopeful. Their families think about and pray every day for an organ to become available to help save their loved one.
I have spent 10 years helping people who are waiting for a kidney transplant, and seeing the gift of an organ donor still leaves me speechless. Families of the organ recipient always ask for ideas and suggestions for how they can express their never-ending thanks for the gift so freely given. Continue reading
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