Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino today recognized the need for organ donors in New York state and stressed the role they play in saving lives. Nationally, over 90,000 people are currently awaiting an organ transplant. While 74 people each day receive the transplant they need to survive, 18 people will die due to a shortage of donated organs.
Hearts and kidneys, bone marrow, skin tissue, as well as other organs can be donated. Organs are matched to patients based on blood and tissue type and are donated based on medical urgency and placement on a waiting list. Anyone is eligible to donate. Donors under the age of 18 are required to have parental or guardian consent.
“If you wish to be an organ donor, it is imperative that you take the necessary steps,” said Joseph Saladino. He added, “You must indicate your intent to donate on your driver’s license, carry an organ donor card, and, most importantly, discuss your decision with family members and loved ones. I urge everyone to explore the option and probably one day save someone’s life.”
For more information on organ donation, please visit http://www.organdonor.gov.