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On their website dedicated to organ and tissue donation, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services shares, "Each day, about 79 people receive organ transplants. However, 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs."
Fortunately, you can do something to positively change those numbers simply by electing to become an organ and tissue donor. The website also declares that 100 million people in the United States have signed up to be a donor but with a population of more than 317 million people, that's less than 1/3 involved in organ and tissue donation.
What's stopping others from getting involved? Age for one; children under the age of 18 cannot become a donor without permission from the parent or guardian. Also, there's a lot of confusion around the subject of organ and tissue donation.
The staff of the Mayo Clinic, in the article, "Organ Donation: Don't Let These Myths Confuse You," writes very persuasively about the myths that commonly prevent people from committing.
The easiest way for an individual to document their wishes regarding organ donation is to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. By joining the Registry, an individual’s wishes are documented electronically in a safe and secure database.
Joining the Kentucky Donor Registry is as easy as:
* visiting the secure website www.donatelifeky.org
* signing up when you renew your driver’s license or request the donor heart symbol on your license.
The Donor Registry enables your family members to know that you have chosen to save and enhance lives through donation. Kentucky also has “First Person Consent” laws in effect, meaning that the wishes of an individual will be carried out as requested.
We encourage you to visit http://www.kyorgandonor.org/, or call KODA (Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliate) at 502-581-9511 to learn more about organ donation.
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