FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 23, 2019) – Of the more than 1,300 Indiana residents waiting today for a lifesaving organ transplant, almost 100 live in Allen County. While educational efforts about the importance of being a donor continue all year long at Lutheran Hospital, Donate Life Month each April takes on added significance for medical professionals and patients who know firsthand the meaningful impact these discussions can have.
To raise awareness and answer questions, representatives of the Lutheran Donor Council, the Lutheran Transplant Center, Indiana Donor Network and VisionFirst will gather in Lutheran’s south lobby Wednesday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. An organ transplant recipient is also schedule to visit at noon to share her experience. As part of the observance, pinwheels representing every Hoosier currently waiting for this gift of life will be displayed around the flagpoles at the hospital’s main entrance.
Besides the potential of eight organs, a single donor can help two recipients regain vision and an additional 75 through tissue donation.
For those needing a kidney transplant, living donors also continue to play an essential role for patients including those who are waiting for an organ through the kidney transplant program at Lutheran. Call (260) 435-6211 to speak with the kidney transplant living donor coordinator to learn more.
Indiana Donor Network and VisionFirst officials prefer that people register to donate despite medical condition or age. Nearly 33 percent of donors are age 50 and older. Physicians determine at the time of death what organs and tissues qualify for donation.
Register to become an organ and tissue donor at IndianaDonorNetwork.org. Be sure to share your decision with friends and loved ones.
Additional facts provided by the Indiana Donor Network
- More than 1,300 Hoosiers and 114,000 people nationwide are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
- In the U.S., another person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
- Each day, 20 people on average in the U.S. die because a donated organ wasn’t made available in time.
- Thirty seconds: That’s all it takes to register your decision to become an organ, tissue and eye donor.
- More than 3.7 million Hoosiers are registered to save lives.