Wisconsin Organ Registry Website Becomes Bilingual


Organ Registry Seeks Diversity By Using Spanish Language
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Research shows organ transplants have a higher rate of success when the donor and recipient are of the same ethnic background. But a state website where people can register and find out more about organ donation had only been in English for, now it’s also in Spanish.

"Now with DoneVidaWisconsin.org, the opportunity to at least understand the process and get more information about organ donation is available in Spanish," said Dr. Francis Downey, surgical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Therapies program at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

The new bilingual Wisconsin Donor Registry website could help boost the percentage of Hispanics on the organ donor registry, Downey said. Continue reading