Local Hospital Promotes Organ Donation and Registration

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Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance and the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance are making a strong effort to promote organ donation and registration. A donor drive was held today at DHR, where patients and visitors had the opportunity to register as organ donors.

Currently, there are nearly 124,000 men, women, and children awaiting organ transplants in the country, and 11,000 of them are in Texas.

One of the main purposes for donor drives is to educate people about the importance of being a donor and to clear any doubts people may have about giving an organ.

Florestela Delgado representative for the San Antonio Eye Bank says, “It is important, not just here in the valley, but everywhere else, but I think there is a big misconception down here in the valley. If one is a registered donor and have that little heart on their driver’s license, they automatically feel that if they’re in an accident or they come into the emergency room and the staff know they are registered donors, the hospital is not going to do anything to save their lives.”

Right now the average waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years. During the time a patient waits, they receive frequent treatments to keep their kidneys functioning.

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