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Organ donations are the key to saving lives

Peoples lives are at risk. And you could be the one that saves them.

Stephanie Kroll, Staff Writer

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Every day, there are people suffering and awaiting the help and generosity of others. In fact, in the U.S, there are currently 123,000 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. But even after the saddening statistics, some people refuse to be an organ donor.

In the United States, 22 people die every single day awaiting an organ transplant, whether it be lung, kidney, heart, liver, pancreas, or small intestines.

Some people are even in need of body tissues such as eyes, heart valves, skin, blood, blood vessels, bones, bone marrow, cartilage, and even some connective tissues.

But people tend to get scared at the thought of organ donations because of the risk they are taking. But little do they know, if they are not comfortable donating while living, it is totally okay. You do not have to be living to donate an organ.

To some people’s surprise, many organs can be donated when the donor is deceased. Mainly because the organs are still available and healthy for a brief period after death.

And just because your life has been lived to its full potential, should not stop you from saving and hopefully fulfilling a long-lived life for another human being.

Organ donations are very beneficial for the person in need of a transplant, and very gratifying for the organ donor and possibly the donor’s family.

And if you are interested in donating, you can easily apply and register as an organ donor on this website.

There is nothing wrong with donating organs. As long as you are comfortable with the process of the donation, and saving a person’s life, organ donations should interest you.

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Organ donations are the key to saving lives