PennDOT Works To Raise Awareness About Organ Donation

Two organ donor application leaflets are shown in London to illustrate the current moves by the British Government to propose a way to tackle the current organ shortage, 16 January 2008. Under the suggested plans, 14 recommendations will be proposed to boost donation by 50 percent within five years, creating 24-hour organ retrieval teams and employing twice as many transplant coordinators but stopping short of the previously suggested idea of "presumed consent" rather than opting in to the system. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
CBS PHILLY | Jim Melwert

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (CBS) — PennDOT is teaming up with the Pennsylvania department of health to try to raise awareness for organ donation.

Department of health deputy secretary Loren Robinson remembers being 16, getting her driver’s license, and being asked for the first time if she wanted to be an organ donor.

“I was like, “Absolutely not, that sounds so scary,” Robinson said.

But she said over her career and especially during her medical training, she’s come to realize how it does make a difference.

“How important, how life changing organ donation is,” she said.

She said, now, instead of just ‘do you want to be an organ donor?’, the question at the DMV will be phrased a little different. Continue reading
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