Donate Life Flag raised at Highland Community Hospital

PICAYUNE ITEM | Julia Arenstam
Highland Community Hospital staff raised the Donate Life flag Friday in honor of National Donate Life Month, which encourages people to register as organ and tissue donors. Photo by Julia Arenstam
In recognition of National Donate Life month, Highland Community Hospital held a flag dedication ceremony Friday morning to honor registered donors and their contribution to save lives.

Highland Community Hospital Administrator Mark Stockstill opened the ceremony by sharing statistics about organ, eye and tissue donation.

According to Donate Life Mississippi, over 120,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving transplant, with over 1,4000 of that number living in Mississippi.

“This is a testament to organ donors and their families,” Stockstill said.

In 2016, Mississippi residents received 262 organ transplants and made 267 tissue donations, according to Donate Life Mississippi, yet every 10 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list.

“Organ donation is a continuation of life,” Sockstill said.

One organ donor can save eight lives, or help heal 50 patients, according to the organization.

Present during Friday’s ceremony was Belinda Smith, a Poplarville resident who donated her daughter’s organs after she passed away in 2014. Continue reading 

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