By becoming an organ donor, you can help save a life.
The United States Department of Health & Human Services statistics tell us that more than 116, 000 people are waiting to receive an organ, that 18 people will die each day waiting and that one organ donor can save as many as eight lives. Do you want to register as a donor and be willing to share the gift of life? In honor of National Donor Day, here's how to become an organ donor in Texas.
1. Educate yourself about organ donation.
Anyone can choose to register to be an organ donor since there is no minimum or maximum age for donors, and most health conditions are not a cause for someone to be deemed unsuitable for organ donation. Know that if you were ever to be sick or injured, your health and saving your life would be a healthcare team's primary concern, and that organ donation does not come into play unless you have tested brain dead.
2. Set aside the time.
It only takes approximately one minute to register as a donor online. Provide all the required information asked for on the online Texas donor registration form. When you provide your electronic signature, you're giving legal authorization to become a donor.
3. Let people know.
Inform your family and your doctor of your decision to register as an organ donor, and include such information in your advance medical directives, living will and will.
There's an approximately 75 percent chance that your donated organ(s) will help someone in your surrounding community. Other times, it may help someone who resides elsewhere in the country. To learn more about organ donation, talk with your doctor. To find a doctor, use our online Find a Physician Directory or call us at 1-855-80PLAZA.