Why it’s important to register as an organ, tissue donor

LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER | Ralph Alvarado, MD
Dr. Ralph Alvarado 
According to Donate Life, there are 119,000 people waiting for an organ or tissue transplant in the United States. 

Every 10 minutes, another name is added to that list, and more than 6,500 people die each year while waiting for a critical transplant. Becoming an organ and tissue donor can help save lives. April is National Donate Life Month, a time to consider giving the gift of life and registering as an organ and tissue donor.

Organ and tissue donation helps give others a second chance at life. One donor can help up to 50 people in need. Across the nation, thousands of people are waiting for a match, because organ donors are in short supply. According to Kentucky Organ Donor Associates, 90 percent of people say they support organ donation, but only 30 percent understand the different types of organ donation and how to register.

Transplantation is a medical procedure in which an organ or tissue is removed from one body and placed in another, to replace a damaged or missing body part. Transplants are used in critical cases only. Organs and tissues that can be donated for transplantation include the kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, eyes, skin, heart valves, bones, saphenous veins and tendons. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor
Nationwide:     Organ Donor | Donate Life America
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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.
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