Decision to donate


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- The list is long for people waiting for organ and tissue donors, but a state law could bring hope to those on standby.

For those in the healthcare field, they say even with some tragedies comes triumph. Many names are on the Tree of Life, at Carle Foundation Hospital.

"Most people probably want to have an opportunity to save somebody else's life, if you could. I think the nice thing about this is, that some misunderstandings or some misnomers about organ donations can be alleviated if we had these conversations in the homes prior to them maybe being in an accident or something happening to them. Then, they have opportunity to help," says Carle Critical and Advance Care Manager Heather Ketchem.

The opportunity has opened up for younger people. The Drive for Life Act went into effect at the start of the year. 16- and 17-year olds can register their decisions to become organ and tissue donors.

"So this is just an opportunity for the age group to make their wishes known," says Gift of Hope donationg liaison Lola Lewis.

While the teenager has the option, ultimately parents have to make the final decision. Continue reading


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