How to and Why Become and Organ Donor

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At any given time, there are more than 120,000 people on the national waiting list of organ recipients in the United States. These individuals are given great hope and potentially lifesaving treatment through transplants from organ donors , but there are simply not enough donors to keep up with the growing list of recipients in waiting. If you are considering changing someone’s life by becoming an organ donor, keep reading to discover how you can sign up and the profound difference you may make as a donor.

Joining the donor registry

There are currently about 120 million Americans who have signed up to become organ donors, and you can do the same easily by joining the Nevada state donor registry. Almost anyone over the age of 18 can donate organs by enrolling in the registry , though children and teens may become donors too with parental consent. Even if you have a medical condition or you think you are too old to become a donor, you should not rule yourself out and consider the many benefits of donation.

Saving and improving lives

Each day, there are about 79 people who receive lifesaving organ transplants. Even more patients benefit from corneal and other tissue transplants, which may be necessary following spinal injuries, vision loss, or severe trauma. If you are an organ donor, you have the potential to leave a legacy of eight lives saved following your death.

Meeting a constantly growing need

Though every donor does have the potential to save many lives, there are still more people waiting for organs than there are available donors. About 21 people die each day waiting on organ transplants, because the national waiting list continues to grow much more rapidly than the registry of organ donors.

For more information about organ donation, call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 233-5300. You might also consider volunteer opportunities with our hospital to continue making a difference in your community by promoting the highest quality of care available in Southern Nevada. 

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