By Kylie Cawiezell
January 26, 2017
You may have gotten your licence or permit recently, and while applying, you were probably asked if you wanted to become an organ donor. You might have said ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without really thinking about what being an ‘organ donor’ means.
Being an organ donor means that if something happens to you and you pass away, and your organs are still functional, then your organs are given to someone who needs them.
Currently there are 119,000 men, women, and children on the national organ transplant waiting list, according to organdonor.gov. Many people support organ donation, but few are signed up. One donor can save 8 people. 81.8% of people waiting for an organ need a kidney.
Anyone over 18 can be an organ donor and in many states children under 18 can register, but families will have the final say if their child passes away before 18.
Heart transplant cases are always stories of miracles. In Illinois, Amalia took care of her grandchildren after school, but she began to feel tired more often. She found out that she had heart disease. Just in time she received a heart transplant. It was hard for her to accept because she knew another family felt great sadness. To honor her organ donor, Amalia made a memorial in her garden for them.
Here are some shocking statistics about organ donation:
- 30,970 transplants were performed in 2015
- 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant
- 95% of adults support organ donation, but only 48% are signed up
- Every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list
So, if you haven’t signed up to become an organ donor, think about it. You could end up saving someone’s life.
HRSA. (2017, January 25). organdonor.gov U.S. Retrieved from U.S. Goverment Inormation on Organ Dontaion and Transplantion: https://www.organdonor.gov/statistics-stories/statistics.html