Organ donation should be a consideration
Published 12:56 pm Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Probably in almost every case, people in need of an organ transplant pray and hope for the generosity of a donor to save their lives, as do their families and loved ones.
Far more of us have the opportunity to give that gift than the misfortune to require it. A few small steps taken today can mean fulfilled hopes for up to 50 people in need of organ and tissue donation at the time of your death.
Because April is National Donate Life Month, now is a good time to take one or all of these small steps to be sure that you are recognized as an organ donor:
According to Alabama Legacy, more than 2,400 people in Alabama are waiting now for organ donations. Nationally, one more person is added to the waiting list every 13 seconds and 18 people on the list die everyday because not enough organs are available for transplant.
Imagine yourself or a loved one in the position of needing a donated organ to survive, and the choice to be a donor seems easy. To the families who benefit from organ donation, it's nothing short of a blessing.