Organ Donation 1

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Every 16 minutes a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. Are you an organ donor or do you wish to be? Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about organ donation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Organ transplantation can be lifesaving for patients with organ failure. Thousands of those patients may die because there are not enough donated organs to meet the demand.

Many organs can be donated, including the heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas. Tissues that can be donated include corneas, heart valves and skin.

Donations may be used in people who have organ failure, who are blind or who have severe burns or serious diseases. While you are alive, you may donate a kidney or part of your liver to a specific matched patient.

Inform your family, friends and physician that you wish to be a donor. Fill out a donor card on the back of your drivers license and keep copies with your physician, family and attorney and in your wallet and the glove compartment of your car.

If you are not currently registered to be an organ and tissue donor, consider giving the gift of life to someone who needs it.

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