EDITORIAL: Take someone off the list

STAR HERALD 

If you are on the list, it can be frustrating, scary and endless. You wait and wait while your health gets worse and worse.

Whether it is a heart, lung, liver or kidney, the waiting can be horrible. Will a donor be found in time?

For 114,733 Americans on the national transplant list, it is a daily wait. Here in Nebraska there are, as of March 23, 349 Nebraskans on the list and of those, 225 are waiting for either a kidney or a kidney/pancreas, according to United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).


Nationally, every 10 minutes, a new name is added to the list. On average, according to UNOS, 22 people on the list die every day waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

Most organ and tissue donors make their donation at the time of their death and can impact eight different lives through the donation of a heart, two lungs, liver, pancreas, intestines and kidneys.

There is also the ability to become a living donor.

As a nation, we are making good progress on signing up to donate our organs and tissue after we have died. More than 130 million of us over the age of 18 have registered as organ donors. That is more than half the population of the United States.

The residents of Montana leads the nation with 98 percent of the state’s population registered as organ donors. Alaska ranks second with 86 percent and Washington is third with 85 percent of citizens registered. The lowest percentages are in Puerto Rico (19 percent), New York (26 percent) and Mississippi (32 percent).

Nebraska comes in with only 54 percent of our state’s residents registered. Across the border in Wyoming, you are a little better with 58 percent. Continue reading

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You have the power to SAVE lives.  Register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor
Go to: RegisterMe.org   |   Social Media Declaration: #OrganDonor
To ensure your gift is honored, share your donation wishes with family and friends
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