A Time to Give, A Time to Receive
Organ donor lists
and systems have
and drugs have been
developed to prevent
organ rejection from
but many patients
are not getting the
organs they need
A Time to Give
April is National Donate Life
Month, and could be a time to
connect with medical peers and
patients about the organ, eye
and tissue donation process.
While the obvious benefit to save
a life is recognized, Done Life
America points out some common
misconceptions about organ
donation. It clarifies:
• Anyone can be a potential
donor regardless of age, race,
or medical history.
• All major religions in the United
States support organ, eye and
tissue donation and see it as
the final act of love and generosity toward others.
• If you are sick or injured and
admitted to the hospital, the
number one priority is to save
your life. Organ, eye and tissue
donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
• When you are on the waiting list
for an organ, what really counts
is the severity of your illness,
time spent waiting, blood type,
and other important medical
information, not your financial
status or celebrity status.
• An open casket funeral is possible
for organ, eye and tissue donors.
Through the entire donation
process the body is treated with
care, respect and dignity.
• There is no cost
to the donor or their
family for organ or
• Information about
an organ donor is
only released to the
recipient if the family
of the donor requests
or agrees to it.
A Time to
This is also a time to celebrate both
the living and deceased donors who
have changed lives. For instance,
when a 7-month-old baby boy
died, his mother chose to donate
his organs to save the lives of
three children. Years later, she was
contacted by Phoenix Children’s
Hospital, which asked if she would
like to hear her son’s heart beat
in one of the children whose life
was saved by her son’s donation.
She said yes, and the image of
her listening to his heart with a
stethoscope went viral in support of
a mother whose loss saved lives.
In another recent story, a gym
teacher donated a kidney to one of
her high school students, who had
to leave school early three days
a week to have kidney dialysis
throughout the four years of high
school. The student and gym
teacher were both welcomed back
into school following the procedures with a red carpet rolled
out and the applause of all the
students and teachers.
While awareness to the issue is
important, celebrating donors is
What do you think? Have you had
any cases change your perspective
on organ, eye and tissue donations?
Contact me by email at Rebecca.
or by phone at 973-920-7164.
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