Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Organ Transplants - You Need to Help!

Reading the story at Mudville Gazette about the young Marine who has now apparently received a liver transplant, hopefully with a bright outcome, gives me pause to offer some advice to EVERYONE out there.....

Ms. Duke & I work at a major transplant center (more than 4,400 completed since 1972!). We have the finest of teams involved in transplants of heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, kidney and, kidney/pancreas.....and we average a transplant per day....365 a year!

There is only one problem with our program. We did 365 transplants last year. The problem? There are more than 6,000 people within the 18 counties of Florida we serve who are WAITING for transplants!

What holds us back? Not available surgical suites; not availability of qualified surgeons; but, Organs available for transplant!

We need organs, folks.

If you are NOT a donor yet, please get the papers signed today (most states offer the addition of organ donor to your driver license).

You won't need the organs once you are gone; however, up to 23 people can benefit from a single donor!

This is something YOU can do to help.....

Think about it!