According to the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency:
Every year, hundreds of thousands benefit from donated tissue and organs to regain their sight, mobility, and even their lives.
Every day approximately 22 people die waiting for the organ that would have given them a second chance. In the United States, a new person goes on the waiting list every 10 minutes.
When you think of organ donations, you probably think big: hearts, lungs, kidneys, etc. But tissue groups like heart valves, tendons, and ligaments can also be useful. From just a single donor, up to eight lives can be saved through organ donation, and between 50 and 75 lives can be healed through tissue donations.
So, what can be donated?
- Small Intestine
- Heart Valves
Celebrate Your Status!
Joining the Mississippi Donor Registry gives your consent for organ, eye, and tissue donation upon your death. Though your decision to become a donor will be kept in a confidential database, and though your next of kin won’t have the power to override your decision in the event of your death, it’s still important to keep your family in the loop. Let your loved ones in on your decision to become a donor, and be candid about your reasons for doing so. Help them understand the difference you might make. Not only will this avoid confusion when making end-of-life decisions, you might inspire them to become donors, too.