Become an organ donor
Did you know that one organ donor has the potential to save up to nine lives?
April is National Organ Donor Awareness Month and according to the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), there are currently 1,700 people in our state waiting for an organ transplant.
Last year alone, organ donors in the U.S. made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss.
Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes, but you have the power to change that.
Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs.
Organ transplantation has become an accepted medical treatment for end-stage organ failure. The facts prove it. But only you can help make it happen.
As of May 4, 2009, the percentage of recipients who were still living 5-years after their transplant was 69.3 percent for kidney, 74.9 percent for heart, 73.8 percent for liver, and 54.4 percent for those with a lung transplant.
In 2007, the most recent data, there were almost 2.5 million deaths in the U.S. Imagine if every one of those persons had donated.
Additionally, all major religions support organ donation as a humanitarian gift, giving life. Organ and tissue donation represents one of the highest forms of loving, giving and caring. Many denominations have passed resolutions encouraging their members, as part of their ministry, to become organ and tissue donors at the time of their death.
There are currently more than 100 million people in the U.S. are signed up to be a donor, so sign up today and join them in giving the gift of life.
To register or find out more about becoming an organ donor, visit LOPA’s website at http://www.lopa.org.
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