It's hard for anyone to contemplate their own passing. And yet, by signing up to be an organ donor, you can make your last act on earth one that saves and improves the lives of many others who are currently in hospitals and emergency rooms around the country. In honor of National Organ Donor Day on February 14, the following are some ways your gift can make a difference.
Why Choose to Be an Organ Donor?
1. You Can Save Lives
Currently, about 115,000 Americans are waiting for a lifesaving organ, but 20 a day pass without the transplant they needed. Meanwhile, the everyday heroes who agree to give up the organs they are no longer using after their brain death save up to eight lives. Their heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver can all be used to give others a second chance.
2. You Can Improve Lives
Additionally, there are some who suffer from less-critical conditions, but a transplant would significantly improve their quality of life. Donated skin can be used to help burn victims in emergency rooms, while donated eyes could help someone struggling with a disease or injury to their cornea. Bones can aid someone in need of a joint replacement.
3. It Can Help Loved Ones With Grief
Furthermore, it may help your family to deal with their grief if they know your organs went on to save someone else’s life. If you are concerned that your age prohibits you from donating, know that young and old are both eligible. Even if you are suffering from a disease, there are still opportunities emergency room staff can explore.
In addition to answering your questions about organ transplants, the staff at Santiam Hospital can also help if you want to donate blood to patients undergoing surgery or who are in the emergency room. Serving residents of Mid-Willamette Valley since 1953, their goal is to save as many lives as possible, which is why they offer both preventive and emergency care. View their full range of services online. Or call them today at (503) 769-2175 to schedule an appointment.