Organ Donation

Monday, September 22, 2014

It is estimated that more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ. Unfortunately, many may never get the call saying that a suitable donor organ is available for them. Dr. Edward Hill discuses organ donation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. Experts say that the organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people. Organs you can donate include internal organs, skin, bone and bone marrow and cornea.

Most organ and tissue donations occur after the donor has died. But some organs and tissues can be donated while the donor is alive.

People of all ages and background can be organ donors. If you are under age 18, your parent or guardian must give you permission to become a donor.

Becoming an organ donor is easy. You can indicate that you want to be a donor in the following ways:

Register with your states donor registry. Most states have registries. Check the list at OrganDonor.gov.

Designate your choice on your drivers license. Do this when you obtain or renew your license.

Sign and carry a donor card. Cards are available from OrganDonor.gov.

Tell your family. Make sure your family knows your wishes regarding donation.

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