Anything is possible
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I was asked this question:
" Is there an age cutoff for organ donation"?
There is no strict limit of age for organ donation. In general, organs may be donated by someone as young as a newborn or as old as 75.
Writing this post, is a reminder to me how lucky and grateful our family is that our daughter Lauren received her gifts of life.
Six years ago I was not a registered organ donor. It took someone in my life to be placed on the Organ Donor List to be educated of the importance of organ donation. Such a simple act of checking that box on your driver's license, to be able to help save lives.
Take a moment and consider signing up to become an organ donor. Don't wait until it effects someone in your family to be placed on the organ transplant list.
You can sign up at https://www.donatelife.net
A few fact about the importance of why you should become an organ donor.
At the time of death, the potential donor's organs are evaluated to determine their suitability for donation. Individuals in their 80s and 90s have successfully donated organs including liver and kidneys to save the lives of others.
Around 115,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.
How many organs in the human body can be donated?
One organ donor can save up to eight lives. One eye and tissue donor can save or improve the lives of up to 50 people. This means an organ, eye and tissue donor can potentially impact the lives of 58 people! Organs that can be donated for transplantation include kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, small bowel and pancreas.
At this moment, more than 123,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ. One more person is added to the national waiting list every 12 minutes.
Each of these people is in desperate need of a kidney, liver, heart, or other organ. More than 6,500 people a year -- about 21 a day -- die before that organ ever becomes available.
Organ donors are always in short supply. There are far more people in need of a transplant than there are people willing to donate an organ.
Most of the organs that are available come from deceased donors. When you fill out an organ donor card with your driver's license, you're agreeing to donate all or some of your organs if you die.
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