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April is National Donate Life Month
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Josh Withers at the Adair Circuit Clerks Office sent the following list of statistics and FAQ's about organ donation to illustrate the importance signing to be an organ or tissue donor on your driver's license. April is National Donate Life Month, and the Clerks Office is urging everyone to sign up.
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Donation and Transplantation FAQs
What is National Donate Life Month?
Originally a weeklong observance, it was officially recognized as a month-long event in 2003. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the donors who save and heal lives.
Who can be a donor?
People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
Does my religion support organ, eye and tissue donation?
Every major religion in the United States supports organ, eye and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.
Is there a cost to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?
There is no cost to the donor's family or estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.
Does my social and/or financial status play any part in whether or not I will receive an organ if I ever need one?
No. When you are on the transplant waiting list for a donor organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, body size, tissue type, blood type and other important medical information.
Why should I register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?
Organ, eye and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive, and normal lives and return them to their families, friends and communities. To find out how to register as a donor in your state, visit DonateLife.net.
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