National Donate Life Month: Why Become an Organ Donor?

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Becoming an organ donor only takes a few minutes, but the decision to be an organ donor can change a number of lives by offering hope to many patients in need. To become an organ donor, your first step will be adding your name to the state donor registry, which may be done when you apply for a driver’s license or through a web-based service. Once you have been added to the registry, you might share the decision with your family so that you know your wishes will be carried out accordingly. By choosing to be an organ donor, you have the potential to save up to eight lives and touch the lives of many more people with tissue transplants following trauma, spinal injuries, or vision loss.

Organ Donors Make Transplants Possible

Organ transplants can give people a second chance at life, but these transplants are only possible with the help of organ donors. In a single year, organ donors will facilitate 28,000 lifesaving transplants , and another 1 million patients will benefit from cornea and tissue transplants that can greatly improve their quality of life.

Many Patients Die Every Year Waiting for Organ Transplants

While many lives are saved by organ donations, there are still thousands of patients who will not get the transplants they need in time. On average, it can take up to 5 years for a kidney transplant, 4 months for heart and lung transplants, and 11 months for liver transplants.

There Is No Financial Burden for Organ Donors or Their Families

When you are an organ donor, the medical expenses of transplantation do not fall on you or your family, regardless of whether you are a living or deceased donor.

April is National Donate Life Month, which might inspire you to make a difference as a donor. To explore more of the benefits of signing up as a donor, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. Our registered nurses are available 24/7 to answer your questions, provide physician referrals, and offer details about our hospital services. 

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