Each day, 18 people die waiting for organ transplants that didn’t come in time. This year, Barnesville Hospital has joined the Ohio Hospital Association Donate Life Partnership to help save lives by educating our community about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and increasing the number of registered donors. Peggy Douglass, Director of Education & Outreach at Barnesville Hospital, encourages you to join her in support of this cause by registering today.
“The lack of registered donors in America results in a tragic loss of life every day, but there is a known solution,” said Douglass. “By registering as a donor, you have the unique opportunity to give hope to the 3,400 Ohioans awaiting life-saving transplants.”
Advances in medical science have made transplant surgery extremely successful. Transplantation is no longer considered experimental, but rather a desirable treatment option for end-stage organ failure. The major problem is that there are thousands of Americans waiting for a match so that they can have a second chance at life, yet there are not enough organ donors to meet the growing need.
You can help with three easy steps. First, visit www.DonateLifeOhio.org to learn more about donation and how to register. Do not be discouraged by your age or past medical history — anyone can be a potential donor. Organs are matched through the United Network for Organ Sharing based on body size, blood type, medical urgency and geographic location as it relates to travel time. When it comes to saving lives, doctors do not discriminate on account of race, gender, age or any other factor.
Second, talk about your decision with family members. Joining the Ohio Donor Registry is considered an advance directive for individuals over the age of 18, but sharing your donation wishes with your family and educating them about donation can help them feel comfortable with your decision and may encourage them to register as well. You can even share your donation preference on Facebook, using the “Life Events” feature on your Timeline.
Finally, tell others about the need in our community, and how every person can make a difference. One person has the potential to save eight lives through organ donation, and enhance 50 more through cornea and tissue donation.
“The need is real and occurring in our very own community,” said Mrs. Douglass. “It’s time for our community to understand the donation process, de-bunk the myths and make educated decisions to provide a second chance for thousands of people and their families each year.”
Lifeline of Ohio has designated Friday, April 19, 2013 as National Blue and Green Day. Think BLUE! Think GREEN! Think BLUE & GREEN! Wear the colors to offer HOPE to the more than 117,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant; HONOR the heroes of organ, eye, and tissue donation; REMEMBER those who died waiting for their second chance at life; and CELEBRATE the recipients who received the “Gift of Life”through transplantation. Visit www.DonateLifeOhio.org to learn more about donation and to register online.