Accept the Challenge - Be An Organ Donor
Have you considered becoming an organ donor? At certain times in life, it is necessary to make difficult health decisions. With increased healthcare accessibility comes an added personal responsibility. Please consider making it possible for your loved ones to avoid making the difficult decisions about organ donation. Decide now to share your life and then share your decision with your family.
Pass Life On For an organ donor, death is not the end. It’s also a beginning. It is a chance to pass life on to another person and to make a difference in the world. Nationally, over 35,000 people’s lives could be saved or improved with an organ transplant. In Louisiana, more than 500 patients are waiting for organs. There is no cost to the donor family. All organ recovery and distribution costs are paid by the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency.
Who Can Donate?
Donors can be people of every age, race, gender and ethnic background. Specific donations depend on the age and general health of the donor.
Religious Beliefs and Donations
Most major religions support donation. The decision is considered a matter of individual choice. In fact, many religions actively encourage donation as the ultimate gift to a fellow human being.
When Should I Make the Decision?
Make the decision now. Donation will only become an option after all lifesaving efforts have been exhausted.
What Can Be Transplanted?
Organs include kidneys, heart, lungs, small bowel and pancreas. Tissues include bone, skin, heart valves, corneas, bone and bone marrow.
How Do I Sign Up? A donor form is available from the hospital. Just ask your nurse. You may also sign up at the Office of Motor Vehicles.