John Evans Reports…04-15-11

Representative John Evans

April is Donate Life Month
By Rep. John Evans (R-Erie/Crawford)

Organ Donor Month Audio Report

Every 11 minutes, someone is added to a transplant waiting list. Even though an average of 75 people receive organ transplants each day, an average of 20 die every day because of the shortage of donor organs.

While organ transplantation has become an accepted medical treatment, the number of needed organs far exceeds those available.

Donations need not just be major organs like hearts, livers, or lungs. Of last year’s 28,000 organ donations, another 1 million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. In fact, one person who chooses to be an organ donor can save up to eight lives.

That is why it is so important to raise awareness of organ donation and the successes of transplantation. This month, we unanimously adopted House Resolution 196, which designates April as “Donate Life” month in Pennsylvania. With this resolution, we are encouraging more people to know the facts about organ donation and to honor the transplant professionals and researchers who have made organ transplantation a safe medical procedure.

Donations can be from living donors, persons who have been declared brain dead and persons who have died from cardiac arrest.

Nationwide, more than 100,000 individuals are awaiting life-saving organ transplants, and in 2008, nearly 13,000 donors enabled 25,630 transplants.

Individuals who are interested in organ donation should inform their family and friends of one’s decision.

To learn more about organ donation and transplantation, visit organdonor.org, or you can watch this special video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRiAKX4nZMo.

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John Evans Reports is a weekly editorial from Rep. John Evans, 5th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and published by EdinboroOnline.com in an effort to keep the citizens of the area informed on matters of importance to them. Rep. Evans can be reached for further comment or input at his Edinboro Pa office 814-734-2793, Girard, Pa office 814-774-2892, or his Linesville, PA office 814-683-5550. www.repevans.com

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