Awareness Is Key During Organ Donation Month

DETROIT (WWJ) – April is National Organ Donation Month and here in Michigan the push is on to get more people on the state registry.

Right now more than 3,000 Michiganders are waiting for transplants reports that could improve or save their lives.

The good news is that more than half a million people have joined the states organ donor registry last year – a record for Michigan says WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, an organ donation advocate  want to continue to educate eligible donors to sign up during donate life day.

According to the national organ donor site – no one is too old or too young. Both newborns and senior citizens have been organ donors. The condition of your organs is more important than age. Someone 35 years old with a history of alcohol abuse may have a liver that is in worse condition than someone 60 years old who has never consumed alcohol.

Doctors will examine your organs and determine whether they are suitable for donation if the situation arises. If you are under 18, you may need the permission of a parent or guardian to donate.

You can join the registry and ‘give the gift of life.’

Find more information:

Michigan Organ Donor Registry

National Organ Donor Registry

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