If you’ve ever wondered why you should be an organ donor, here’s the reason…
This was published in the April 21, 2010 Issaquah Press Health section. Enjoy!
Read the version on The Issaquah Press website here
More than 14,000 people from across the country — both alive and deceased — donated tissue from their bodies in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
While those people enabled more than 28,000 transplants to take place, tens of thousands of people were left without the transplants they needed. For many of those, the waiting was fatal.
Everyone can help by signing up to be an organ donor, by which one gives legal consent for his or her organs to be donated in the case of his or her death. By being a donor after death, one can donate his or her heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, heart valves, skin, bone, connective tissue, veins, eyes and/or corneas.