Have you ever wished you could be a superhero and save lives? Organ and tissue donors do it every day.
Over a hundred thousand people in the United States wait in hope that an organ or tissue will become available for them. Unfortunately, an average of 18 people die daily. February 14 is National Donor Day. Become a donor today and live your life knowing you will have saved another.
Who can be an organ donor?
- You are eligible to donate at any age – young or old – and despite many diseases and conditions. A team of specialists uses rigorous medical criteria to determine whether or not your organs can be used.
- Because certain minorities are more likely to need transplants, and because transplantation can only happen between people who share the same blood type, minority donors are urgently needed.
- Almost all organized religions within the US condone – and even encourage – organ and tissue donation.
What happens to me if I donate?
- Hospital staff makes saving your life the number one priority in the event of an emergency, even if you are a donor. Few doctors have anything to do with the transplantation process.
- Organ donation in no way disfigures the body. Plans for an open-casket funeral won’t be affected.
- Typically, the health care of the recipient pays for the transplant. The donor's family is not responsible for any fees.
- Only the organs or tissues that you specify will be used for donation. Your wishes will be respected in every way.
- The recipient is not informed of the donor’s identity unless a special arrangement is made.
How am I helping others when I donate?
- You can help or save the lives of up to 50 people, thanks to your organs, bone or tissue.
- Knowing that a loved one donated will often comfort family and friends.
Give the gift of life by registering online with Donate Life Texas. Denton Regional Medical Center is here to provide the answers to your health questions. Visit us online for more information or call us at (855) 477-DRMC (3762) for a physician referral.