ORGAN DONATION “My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it is through earth's loveliness” -Michelangelo- BY THIS TIME TOMORROW 15 people in America who are alive right now will be dead. Not because they were in a car accident, Not because they were gunned down, Not because their time had come, not even because they weren’t in the hospital, but simply because they couldn’t obtain a transplant in time. 15 people will die because the organ transplant they need will not be possible. The National Organ Transplant Waiting List POWER VALUABLE ORGANS ORGAN DONATION 1. Description of the necessity of organs. 2. Kind of organs can be transplanted. 3. How you can become an organ donor. 4. Finally, I am hoping to leave you today with a new desire to be an organ donor, and at last a life saver. ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION • Organ transplantation is one of the greatest achievements of modern surgery. • It is not longer an experiment. • 21,000 transplants /year (UNOS). • 96,000 waiting. BIG PROBLEM • The lack of available organs is still a problem of the field of organ transplantation surgery. • In order to continue organ transplant surgery, organ donations must become more available. The need for donated organs and tissues ORGAN PEOPLE All Organs Kidney Liver USA 94,698 70,238 16,995 NY 8,494 5,973 1,958 Pancreas Kidney-Pancreas Heart 1,742 2,380 2,834 116 125 263 Lung Heart/Lung 2,818 133 184 5 Intestine 234 6 THING OF THE TIME • Every 16 minutes, another name is added to the waiting list. • The average wait for a kidney is 416 days, 28 days for a liver, and 162 days for a heart. • (Coalition on Donation website) WHAT ORGANS AND TISSUE WE CAN DONATE • One person can help 50 people AVAILABLE ORGAN • Clinics consider blood type, body size, medical urgency, time waiting, and geographical proximity as the criteria for distribution. • Factors such as race, gender, age, income, or celebrity status are never considered. • Organ allocation. HOW TO BECOME A DONOR • Step 1. Sign Your Driver's License or NonDriver ID. • Step 2. Enroll in the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. • Step 3. Discuss your decision with your family BRENT’S STORY (Donor) • Brent Adams died on April 13, 1998 due to a car accident. • He was such a fighter and loved life. • Brent’s organs helped five people. TONG’S STORY (Recipient) • Tong had a serious congenital heart disease. • She got a heart in Oct, 2000. • She is totally different after her transplant. Her lips, fingers and toes are pink. REMEMBER REAL NUMBERS • Waiting list candidates 96,570 as of today 1:12am • Transplants January - February 2007 4,425 as of 05/11/2007 • Donors January - February 2007 2,274 as of 05/11/2007 REMEMBER • There is a huge need for organs. • Almost any organ can be transplanted to anyone. • There are different ways of making sure that your organs are donated after you die. • The opportunity to sign a Donor Register.
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