April is Donate Life Month, and now is a great time to educate yourself about being an organ or tissue donor and to let others know if you wish to donate.
Did you know that 118,000 men, women and children are currently awaiting lifesaving organ transplants? According to Donate Life America, every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
And sadly, about 8,000 deaths occur every year in the U.S. because organs are not donated in time. That equates to about 22 people who die each day waiting for an organ.
However, if you choose to become an organ donor, you can make a difference. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives. One tissue donor can affect 75 lives, including giving sight to 2 people.
People of all ages and with various medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for a donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.
Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has an online organ and tissue donor list, courtesy of the PCRMC Auxiliary and Volunteer Services. To visit to list, go to http://www.pcrmc.com/Patients-Visitors/Organ-and-Tissue-Donors.
To learn more or sign up to be an organ or tissue donor, visit www.missouriorgandonor.com or contact PCRMC donor specialist Cindy Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-458-7644 or Trish Unger at email@example.com or 573-458-7920.