Donate Your Life Donate you life is an interesting concept. A lot of you may even question, what exactly does it mean to “donate your life”? This blog post is intended to help inform you of how you can help through registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor. We will start by saying that we understand that becoming a donor is not for everyone, and we respect that. For those that are interested in registering to become a donor, you are opening the door to bridge the gap between one family’s mourning and another’s healing. According to OrganDonor.gov:
- There were over 116,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list as of August 2017
- 33,611 Transplants were performed in 2016
- 20 People die each day waiting for a transplant
- Every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list
- 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 54% are actually signed up as donors.
Did you know, you can save a life even after you pass away? Read the recent press release below about the myths and facts of organ donation! --- LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- April is Donate Life Month, which is a good reminder of how important organ and tissue donation is to our community and around the world. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ and a new person joins the list every 10 minutes. Every person that signs up to be a donor can save up to eight lives. Jason Wellen, M.D., M.B.A., Surgical Director of the combined Kidney/Pancreas Program at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, along with Mark Mastroianni, former kidney and pancreas transplant patient, clear up the misconceptions about donating. Myth 1: I signed the back of my driver's license so i don`t need to tell anyone that i want to be an organ donor. Fact: By the time your will is read or doctors see your driver's license or donor card, it may be too late to recover your organs and/or tissue. Telling your family, now, that you want to be an organ and tissue donor and enrolling, today, in the organ and tissue donor registry is the best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out. Myth 2: I am too old or too sick to become an organ and tissue donor. Fact: Anyone can be a potential organ and tissue donor regardless of age, race, demographics or medical history. Myth 3: In case of an emergency, the doctors may not do everything to save me. Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ and tissue donation can only be considered after all life-saving options have been explored. Myth 4: Only hearts, livers and kidneys can be transplanted. Fact: Needed organs include the heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Tissue that can be donated includes the eyes, skin, bone, heart valves and tendons. For more information visit: barnesjewish.org/transplant or organdonor.gov