organ donation

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April 28th, 2013

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Check Yes To Save A Life

If you could save a life after losing yours, would you? It is as easy as checking yes or no at the Department of Motor Vehicles or going online to donatelife.com, whether you would help someone after you have passed on. Organ and tissue donation is a topic that does not get enough attention. "Ninety-five percent of Americans say that they support donation yet the number of registered donors is much smaller (www.organdonor.gov). " Anyone can sign up to be a donor. After death you can donate your organs. Each day 18 people will die waiting on organs. Tissues are also able to be donated. The age of donation do not matter. Some mothers donate the blood of the
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The recipient will have to anti-rejection medications for the remaining of their lifetime. "The liver is the only organ that will regenerate itself(www.organdonor.gov)." Organs can be distributed all over the United States based on many factors including; urgency, blood type, height, weight, geography, and waiting time on the waiting list. Not only can you donate your organs, but your tissues are vital as well. "Donated tissues such as skin, bone and heart valves can dramatically improve the quality of the life for recipients, or even save their lives(www.donatelife.com)." Like organ donation tissue donation needs to be done in a very short time. It differs from organ donation by it being able to be processed and stored for an extensive time. After storing tissue, it can be used for burn victims, ligament repair, and bone replacement.

Organ and tissue donation is very important. By just one person signing up to be a donor, up to eight lives can be saved. It does not matter if you are African American, Islam, or yellow, you can make a difference. It does not matter if you have hypertension, asthma or diabetes your tissues or cornea can still help someone in need. I had a cousin who passed in the summer of 2011 he was an organ donor. His heart was received by 32 year old Alejandro Mata Mill. Alejandro is from Cabimas, Venezuela, but moved to Houston to wait for a heart. Kurt 's liver was received by a 64 year old in Louisiana. The recipient of

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