Organ and Tissue Donation 1
Wednesday, September 25, 2008

Almost 100,000 Americans are on waiting lists for organ transplants. Why should you consider becoming an organ and tissue donor? Dr. Ed Hill gives us some answers in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Advances in medical science have made transplant surgery increasingly successful. The problem is obtaining enough organs for the growing number of people who need them.

Each day about 63 people receive an organ transplant, but another 16 people on the waiting list die because not enough organs are available. Every 14 minutes a new name is added to a waiting list for a donor organ.

In contrast to the large number of people awaiting transplant, there are only about 10,000 organ donors in this country each year. One organ and tissue donor can save and enhance the lives of up to 50 people.

Organs that are needed include the heart, kidney, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Tissues that can be donated include the eyes, skin, bone, heart valves and tendons.

Transplantation is no longer considered a short-term solution, but rather a long-term treatment option to a deadly medical disease. If you are interested in being an organ and tissue donor, sign a donor card and be sure to tell your family of your decision.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Ed Hill