Donate tissue not just organs

THE MARYSVILLE GLOBE | Levi Anderson, General Manager, LifeNet Health

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to educate Washingtonians about the process and incredible impact of donation, celebrate those who have saved lives with their gifts, and encourage more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Did you know one donor can save up to nine lives through organ donation and enhance more than 150 lives through tissue donation? Most people are familiar with organ donation—such as hearts and kidneys—but less familiar with tissue donation, or a common transplant called an allograft. Allografts are usually implants of bone, tendons, ligaments, veins, heart valves and corneas.

A heart valve can save the life of a baby with a congenital heart defect; bone implants can help a person suffering from scoliosis, or curvature of the spine; and skin implants are used to heal burn victims. An estimated one in 20 Americans will need some type of tissue transplant in their lifetimes. At the nonprofit tissue bank LifeNet Health, we are dedicated to the families we serve through the donation process and have an equal commitment to local patients and the surgeons we work with for transplantation services. Our recovery teams in Renton and Spokane in Washington, and Missoula and Billings in Montana care for and distribute more than 40,000 allografts and implants every year in the Northwest. The gift of tissue has the incredible ability to transform people’s lives, including Anna Eggink, who received tissue grafts in both of her knees after living with chronic dislocation for most of her life. Eggink never knew when her knees would dislocate and because of that, she always held back and didn’t live life to the fullest. Continue reading
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Be sure to share your decision with your family to ensure your generous gift is honored,  At risk is the legacy you wish to leave.