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Organ donors may save 8,000 lives in Texas

Donate Life says that in Texas alone there are more than 8,000 people on the waiting lists for organs, tissues and eyes. The Glenda Dawson Donate Life - Texas registry is where to go to sign up to help by agreeing to be a donor.

Diagram of a heart transplant
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Quick Facts

  • Your health insurance or medical care is not affected by being a donor.
  • Organs are distributed on the basis of medical need, blood types and tissue match, not on the recipients ability to pay.
  • Most major religions support organ, tissue and eye donation.

Anatomical Gifts

One organ donor saves up to eight lives. A tragic accident becomes a living gift when you sign up for the organ donor registry. Healthy organs will be surgically removed from one person and transplanted to another

Within 24 hours of death, bones and connective tissues are harvested to enhance another 50 lives. The tissues are sterilized and freeze dried for a longer shelf life. More and more donated tissues are being utilized in this manner.

Corneas and sclera are transplanted to those with eye damage to help the blind to see again. There is no substitute to help irreparable damage to a cornea than a donor eye.

Every month there are over 100,000 candidates for tissues, organs and eyes. On average, eighteen people a day die waiting on a transplant. Every year about two million tissues are implanted in surgeries all over the country and more are needed.


Anyone can decide to donate their anatomical gifts. Medical history or age does not count toward exclusion. Even children can donate with permission. Parents may have to make the sad decision to help other children when their own cannot be saved. A medical professional determines suitability for donations at the time of death. Make your wishes known ahead of time by signing up with the donor registry.

Donations help with the grieving process that comes with the passing of a loved one, especially if they made it clear that they wanted to be donors.


  • Susan Kaul-Detroit Infectious Diseae, Pet News 4 years ago

    It is always tragic how it happens but it does help to make a little more sense of the loss.

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