1 Organ Donator Saves Many Lives

Ainsley Zubrinsky

What is an organ donation?

An organ donation is the process in which one person can donate their organs to someone in need of that organ. You can be a deceased donor or a living donor. A deceased donor is someone who donates their organs after death. A living donor is one who donates their organs that are not needed to live, alive.

What organs can a living or deceased donor donate?

A deceased donor can donate organs including:


  • Kidneys
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Intestinal organs
A living donor can donate organs including:


  • Kidney
  • A portion of the liver
  • Lung
  • Intestine
  • Pancreas


http://donatelife.net/organ-donation/

Tips for Teens

You can save many lives from becoming an organ donor!


How to become an organ donor:


  • Sign up as an organ donor in your state's donor registry
  • Communicate with your physician, doctor, and family
  • The need is real! Become an organ Donor and become a hero, save many lives.
  • Tell your friends and family members to sign up today and become a donor
  • Help out others, one organ saves one person


http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/

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Statistics

Below is the number of recipients by age group followed by the number who received organs from deceased and living donors:
  • < 1 Year Old: 280 (261 deceased, 19 living donors)
  • 1 - 5 Years: 503 (417 deceased, 86 living donors)
  • 6 - 10 Years: 284 (226 deceased, 58 living donors)
  • 11 - 17 Years: 728 (594 deceased, 134 living donors)
  • 18 - 34 Years: 3,148 (2,087 deceased, 1,061 living donors)
  • 35 - 49 Years: 6,407 (4,780 deceased, 1,627 living donors)
  • 50 - 64 Years: 12,791 (10,758 deceased, 2,033 living donors)
  • 65+ Years: 5,391 (4,592 deceased, 799 living donors)


http://www.organdonor.gov/about/data.html

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Q&A

Question: What percentage of living donors were women and what percent were men?


Answer: 62% were women and 38% were men.


http://www.organdonor.gov/about/data.html

Myth.....Fact

Myth: "Rich and famous people get moved to the top of the waiting list, while 'regular' people have to wait a long time for a transplant."


Fact: The medical team treating you is going to treat everyone equally no matter how rich or famous you are. The medical team does not give some better treatment then others. Celebrities have to wait in line just like everyone else does, they are not first priority.


http://www.transweb.org/myths/myths.shtml

For additional information...

For more information visit http://www.organdonor.gov/

Marvin Ridge upcoming events

February 19th: Senior breakfast @ 7:15 am


February 25th: Blood drive


February 26th: Academics bars and letters breakfast @ 8:00 am


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