April 02, 2021
Methodist Hospital | Specialty and Transplant raised the Donate Life flag on campus to raise awareness about the growing need for organ donors in our community. Choosing to donate an organ is a life-changing decision for both the donor and the recipient. In Texas alone, there are currently more than 11,000 people awaiting organ transplants according to Texas Organ Sharing Alliance. Twenty-two people die each day as a result of the drastic organ shortage. However, registering to become an organ donor can help give others a second chance at life.
Options for organ donation
Deceased organ donation is when an organ is given at the time of the donor’s death. At the end of your life, you can choose to give the gift of life to someone else. Here is how you can begin the process of deceased organ donation:
- Register at org/sahealth.
- Register when you receive or renew your Driver License, or vehicle registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Register with Texas Parks & Wildlife when applying for hunting and fishing licenses.
Living organ donation is both a rewarding and life-changing experience for both the donor and the recipient. Living donation saves two lives: the recipient and the next person on the wait-list for a life-saving deceased organ. Patients who are able to receive living organ transplants are getting the best quality organ in sometimes less than a year. Methodist Hospital | Specialty and Transplant leads the nation in living kidney transplant surgeries. Learn more at SAHealth.com/organdonor.