Letter: Ever considered the possibility of organ donation?


Have you or your family ever considered the possibility of organ donation? It is not a subject that is easily discussed, but it is a very important issue and one that should be shared with all members of your family.

There are 115,662 people waiting for an organ as of the end of July 2012, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Every 11 minutes someone else is added to the organ transplant waiting list.

One organ donor can save up to 50 people, by donating internal organs (kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines and lungs), skin, bone and bone marrow and corneas. There are on average 79 people who receive an organ transplant, however on average 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant, that can't take place because of the shortage of organ donors.

I was one of the lucky ones who received a heart transplant at four months old. I waited 13 weeks in Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit waiting for my new heart. I am extremely grateful that my donor's family gave me a chance to live my life. Without their courage I might not be here right now. Organ donors save lives, that is the bottom line. Please consider organ donation and become a true hero and an all around better person. You can sign up to be an organ donor at the Maryland Vehicle Administration when you get or renew your license. Thank you.

Jessica DeSpirito

Forest Hill

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