SALT LAKE CITY - One hundred million people in the United States are now reported as registered organ, eye and tissue donors on their driver license, state issued ID card or by registering online.
This equals approximately 42 percent of the adult population of the U.S. This milestone is a testament to our human nature and our willingness to work together for the greater good.
Utah has consistently had one of the highest donor registration rates in the nation. Utah was honored in 2010 as one of only six states in the nation to receive a gold medal for the superior performance of its donor registry. To date, the Yes Utah donor registry has nearly 1,290,000 registered organ, eye and tissue donors. With over 500 people in Utah awaiting organ transplants and the thousands more in need of corneal and tissue transplants, it is critical to continue increasing the number of registered donors.
What many people do not understand is that in order to donate organs after death, a person needs to die in a hospital, on a ventilator, usually of some type of head injury. In Utah, that works out to be about 1 person in every 80 deaths who has the potential to be an organ donor. If someone is unable to donate organs, there still may be an opportunity to donate corneas and tissue that can greatly improve the quality of life for those in need.
"A liver transplant saved my life," said Alec, who received a liver transplant in 2009. "Following the transplant, I was amazed as the days went by how healthy I felt. I set a goal to run a marathon and was able to run the Salt Lake City marathon just one year after my transplant. A few months ago, something even more important happened in my life. My wife and I had our first child. The transplant has allowed me to live a full life."
To get questions answered and to join the 100 million individuals already registered as organ, eye and tissue donors by logging on to www.yesutah.org.