CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, December 17th, Mediaplanet published one of the largest Donor Awareness Reports of the year distributed to millions with the help of AST, ITNS, NFT, Gift of Hope, UW Health, Loyola University Hospital, Genentech, leading physicians, researchers, and many more.
American Society of Transplantation "It Takes One Decision":
Organ donors have the ability to save or improve the lives of as many as 50 people. Giving the gift of life can also serve to lessen the grief of the donor's own family who will know that the loss of their loved one has saved the lives of others. To become an organ donor, those interested can register with their state donor registry. Most states, but not all, have donor registries. For more information about a particular state, visit www.organdonor.gov.
You can also choose to designate your decision on your driver's license when you obtain or renew your license. Until you are able to designate your decision on your driver's license or join a donor registry, be sure to carry a donor card with you that states your intentions.
Finally, organ donors should talk to their families about their decision to be an organ donor. Help them understand your wish before a crisis occurs. This will ensure they are prepared to serve as your advocate for donation.
The Solid-Organ Transplant Program at Loyola University Health System –
Loyola's reputation and success are built on the multidisciplinary, individualized treatment approach our transplant physicians, surgeons and support staff take when caring for patients suffering with end-stage organ diseases. As academic medical center specialists, the scientists and physicians at Loyola engage in clinical and basic research to find new treatments to overcome acute and chronic rejection, conditions that can significantly affect a transplant patient's life expectancy. Our transplant team members include coordinators, social workers, hepatologists, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, urologists, surgeons, pulmonologists, psychiatrists, dietitians, pharmacologists, chaplains, rehabilitation physicians and specially trained nurses.
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