The need for organ donors has never been greater. Presently, there are more than 110,000 people on the national waiting list who need a life-saving organ transplant. Approximately 1,000 of those people are registered in South Carolina. Some of them die needlessly each day because the organs that could save their lives never become available.
This situation is due in part to the fact that many healthy people who die suddenly in a tragic accident that leads to brain death and who could donate their organs to save others’ lives simply don’t become donors. Many people who die (brain death) have the potential to save the lives of as many as eight people by donating all of their organs. They also can enhance the lives of hundreds more people through tissue and ocular donation.
It is critically important that everyone learn enough about donation to make an informed choice regarding their own end-of-life wishes. It’s also critical that you make your wishes known to those who are closest to you.
Please click on each of the categories listed to the left to learn more. Only then can you make the right decision.