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Organ donors honored at Scott & White

Scott & White recently honored those patients who have died, whose organs have gone on to better other patient lives. Corneas, kidneys, and pancreas donors had a “Wall of Heroes” dedicated to these folks who either had signed up for organ donation before their death, or their family members saw the need to donate their organs when these folks couldn’t make the decision on their own. This was a part of a celebration recognizing “Donate Life Month.”

April is Donate life Month. During this time, various organizations provide education to Americans about how lives can be saved and enhanced by organ, eye, and tissue donation/transplantation. Recent data from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, from the Department of Health and Human Services, lists the following percentage of candidates in the United States who are on an organ waiting list:

Pancreas: 2 percent
Heart: 3 percent
Lung: 2 percent
Liver: 15 percent
Kidney: 77 percent

More than 108,000 people are on this national waiting list for transplants, of which, more than 9,000 are Texans. Every 15 minutes, a new name is added to this list. And every day, at least 17 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

As part of the wall installation in late, April, 17 Scott & White patients were honored, as part of the newly installed display in the ICU waiting room at S&W Memorial Hospital, Temple campus. You can view part of the ceremony below:

Giving the gift of life is important. Register in less than 60 seconds to be an organ donor at www.donatelifetexas.org

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Organ donors honored at Scott & White