When you obtain your driving license, you will be asked: Do you wish to be an organ donor?
If you answer yes, what does that mean?
It means that you have decided to give organs or tissues after your death to people who urgently need a transplant. Being an organ donor is probably one of the most generous things you can do. You are giving someone a very special gift – a second chance at life. A maybe not just one person. You, as a single donor can potentially save up to eight lives.
The need is real. On average, 19 people die each day waiting for transplants because of the shortage of available donor organs. People of all ages, from infants to great-grandparents, are on the national transplant waiting list.
Your choice to become an organ donor can make a life-saving difference for these critically ill people.
When you say yes, the title organ donor will appear on your license. Often with the red heart symbol. The decision to donate is yours and yours alone. But it is a decision that should be shared with your family. It is important that they understand your wishes.
All people who indicate their donation wishes on their driver’s license will have their name added to an Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
It doesn’t matter how old you are. Nor do you have to be in perfect health. Each person’s ability to donate is determined at the time of his or her death. Being a donor will not affect your medical care if you are in an accident. If you are admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is still to save your life.
Remember, by becoming an organ, tissue and eye donor, you will make a difference.
Do not hesitate.
Read more at The National Network of Organ Donors