Organ and Tissue Donation 1

Monday, September 12, 2016

Why should you consider becoming an organ and tissue donor? Dr. Ed Hill gives us some answers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Thanks to advances in medicine, organ transplant surgery is becoming increasingly successful. The problem is obtaining enough organs for those who need them.

Each day about 79 people receive an organ transplant, but another 22 people on the waiting list die because not enough organs are available. Another name is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

More than 120,000 people are waiting for organ transplants. Organ recipients are selected based primarily on medical need, location and compatibility. One organ and tissue donor can save and enhance the lives of up to 100 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 a donor, sign a donor card and be sure to tell your family of your decision.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.