Decide. Donate. Don't leave your family guessing

INDIANAPOLIS STAR | Amanda Kingsbury
Archie Mitchell with his then 6-year-old granddaughter, Violet Kingsbury, on Aug. 1, 2012, the day he was released from IU Methodist following a nearly 6-week recovery after his heart transplant. He received the heart from donor Frank Edwards.(Photo: Amanda Kingsbury/IndyStar)
When Frank Edwards died in 2012 in a drowning accident, he and his wife, Tina, had never discussed organ donation. Many families don't talk about the subject, said Kellie Hanner, president and CEO of the Indiana Donor Network, because most people just don’t like to think about their own death.But it’s during the emotional chaos of tragic death that families are asked to interpret their loved one’s wishes.

Please don't do that to your family. Indiana is a pretty generous state when it comes to registered organ donors, ranking No. 7 nationally. But, when the deceased is not registered, about 40 percent of organ donation requests will end in a family’s refusal, the Indiana Donor Network said. Continue reading


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