Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Local Doctors Push For Organ Donations During National Donate Life Month

Local Doctors Push For Organ Donations During National Donate Life Month

There now are more than 120,000 men, women and children waiting for organ transplants in the United States, and every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list, according to the organization's website.

New data from NHS Blood and Transplant has revealed that a record number of organ donors was seen during the 2017-18 financial year.

According to figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the rate of deceased organ donation in the country has increased by 42 percent since 2007. "When we talk about donation, we're not talking about a financial donation, we're talking about you saying yes in registering as an organ or tissue donor".

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It means people would be automatically enrolled into the organ donor register, unless they state otherwise.

She told CTV News on Monday that there are no restrictions to signing up as an organ donor.

Yell's donation of organs actually helped save the lives of four people who were waiting on transplant lists, and now Damiano is hoping to meet two more of her son's organ recipients.

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Roman Catholic bishop Paul Mason has said plans for an opt-out system "undermine the concept of donation as a gift, and cross the line of what is a reasonable action for the state to take in relation to the individuals within it".

LePage talked about Christopher, whose unexpected death on July 1, 2015, at age 30, saved the life of a 62-year-old man who was in desperate need of a liver. "The doctors that work to save your life aren't the same people coming in that are working to save other lives by procuring organs", Allen explains.

"We always work with the families".

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"Today, approximately 117,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant", Poythress said.

You can register to be an organ donor online at sharelifemidwest.com or at the DMV when obtaining or renewing a driver's license. "And when that comes up, people want to act".

"We encourage everyone to show us your Donate Life colors on April 13 by wearing blue and green", said Dawn Poythress, RN, director of the medical/surgical and cardiac care units at Newport Medical Center.

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