500 Nebraskans are Waiting for a Life-Saving Organ Transplant

NORFOLK, NE — 118,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, 500 of those people live in Nebraska.

Public Relations Coordinator for Nebraska Organ Recovery, Tom Neal says, “That doesn’t sound like too many, that 500, but sadly we lose one a week or 50 each year because we can’t provide a transplant quick enough to save their lives.”

In a recent poll of 600 people in Nebraska, 98 percent are supportive of donating organs, however only 50 percent are registered organ donors. Neal says that even one person can save multiple lives.

“One person can save up to eight lives, and as a tissue donor you can heal over 100 more. This gives family members something to look forward to and the potential meeting of a receipt and that their loved one didn’t die with nothing left.”

Neal says that almost anyone can be an organ donor regardless of age or medical history, though some false myths may discourage potential donors. Continue reading
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