Monday, May 17, 2010

Organ Donation

I came upon a sad story that in the State of Wisconsin last year 88 people died while waiting for an organ transplant. I believe that is just shameful considering the fact that once you are gone you cannot use your organs but there is someone, somewhere out there who will be given new life from your generosity. It is something that is on my mind due to the number of miles we drive now and you never know what the next curve will bring. I would be much happier knowing that my gift gave someone else the chance to spend a few more Christmases, or a lifetime of Christmases, with their loved ones.

So Bill and I have gone to the website to let it be known that our wishes are to donate our tissues, organs and eyes in the event of a tragedy. Granted we both had orange dots on our licenses, but that was not legal and binding. Below is the statement from the website about the legality of signing up and the fact that it is irreversible unless revoked by the donor before death. All in all, we believe it is a great program as it takes the responsibility for the decision away from the next of kin so there can be no arguments if two parties disagree about donation. Hopefully registries such as this will help to ensure that no viable organs go to waste and as such, many more lives can be saved.

By submitting this registration I affirm that I am the applicant described on this application and that the information entered herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. This registration will serve as a record of gift as outlined in Wisconsin state law. A record gift, not revoked by the donor before death, is irreversible and does not require the consent of any other person. It also authorizes any examination necessary to ensure the medical acceptability of the anatomical gift.

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