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Donate Life Month
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Mon, 4/12/2010 9:38 AM

Today you can save a life! April is here and with that brings national Donate Life month. On the first of the month, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) had record of 106,729 Americans waiting on solid organ transplants. Last year only 28,464 organs were recovered for transplant. 

At the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, we currently have 501 people waiting on a life saving organ transplant. Last year, we were able to help over 250 of these patients. Through solid organ donation, organ splitting and living organ donors, you can help us save more lives, in less than five minutes today. Today is the day to decide if you want to be an organ donor. Registering is easy and each person who registers could save as many as 8 lives. The first step to take is to register as an organ donor in your home state. 

If you live in Tennessee, you can visit the TN Donor Registry. Here you can fill out a simple online form, which will automatically register you as an organ donor. Arkansas residents can indicate their donation preferences on the reverse side of their driver’s license and residents of Mississippi can visit Donate Life MS to become a registered organ donor. If you live anywhere else in the United States you can visit, Donate Life to find the laws regarding organ donation, and how to register, in your state.

The final step in deciding if you want to be an organ donor is simply telling your family your wishes. It may seem like a difficult discussion, but letting your family know your wishes will alleviate any confusion or stress in an already difficult time for them. There are many misconceptions about organ donation. If you have any concerns about organ donation you can visit www.donatelife.net to get the facts. Today is your day to be a hero. Please consider registering to be an organ donor.

You can also look for information about organ splitting, living donor kidney transplants, living donor liver transplants and other ways that you can make a difference for someone who needs an organ transplant. Donate Life!

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Amanda Dean is a Nurse Practitioner at the Pre-Transplant Clinic. For more information contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.org. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.

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