Health Alert: National Donor Day

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Observed each year on February 14, National Donor Day (also known as National Organ Donor Day), is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved.

Joining us tonight is Kristy Zink, RN, BSN, director of critical care at United Hospital Center.

Question: What is National Donor Day?

Answer: National Donor Day is on February 14, as you said, and it focuses on five different types of donations: Organs – Tissues – Marrow – Platelets – Blood. In fact, one person can save up to 8 lives and improve as many as 75 lives through organ, tissue and cornea donation.

Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. At UHC we will honor National Donor Day with a display near the cafeteria on Thursday, February 14 between 11 am and 2 pm. We will have some of our critical care nurses available to assist with registering to be a donor. For more information please call me at 681-342-2150.

For more information, please call me at 681-342-2150.

Question: Do you know how many people are waiting for a transplant?

Answer: Approximately 115,000 people nationally are waiting for an organ transplant. About 250,000 people nationally are waiting for tissue and cornea transplants. Unfortunately, approximately 20 people will die each day without receiving a transplant.

Question: How can we improve these numbers?

Answer: The best way to make a positive impact on the statistics we discussed is to either:

• Place your designation on your driver’s license or state identification card when you receive or renew their license or ID
or

• You can sign up at any time online at www.core.org or we invite the public to stop by at our National Donor Day display at United Hospital Center near the cafeteria on Thursday, February 14 between 11 am and 2 pm and register to be an organ donor. All donors should remember to always let their family and friends know of their decision to donate.

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Question: What can a deceased donor give vs. a living donor?

Answer: A deceased donor can give their kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, intestinal organs, tissue, and corneas. A living donor is able to give a kidney or a portion of a lung or liver.

Right now, there are 2,500 people in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia waiting for a life-saving transplant. I hope you will join us at United Hospital Center on Thursday, February 14, to register to become a donor. For more information please call me at 681-342-2150. All donors should remember to always let their family and friends know of their decision to donate.