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Letter: Save a life; be an organ donor

Save a life; be an organ donor

12:42 PM, Mar. 13, 2013  |  Comments
Stephanie Ritter, right participated in the balloon release to honor past organ donors whil Christin Schultz and Desirae Freiherr watched. The event was part of Organ Donor Awareness Day.......andi stempniak
Stephanie Ritter, right participated in the balloon release to honor past organ donors whil Christin Schultz and Desirae Freiherr watched. The event was part of Organ Donor Awareness Day.......andi stempniak
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EDITOR: According to the organization Donate Life, more than 115,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants. Organ donation is a complex decision, one with many contributing factors that can alter a life forever. Someone who will surely die receives a new organ and has a chance at life. One death might result in the continued life of several people.

There are many myths surrounding organ donation; these myths should be understood before a decision is made. Despite popular belief, for example, organ donation does not prevent an open-casket funeral ceremony for the ones who weren't so lucky. The donor's body is clothed and there will be no visible signs of organ or tissue donation.

Also contrary to popular belief, most major religions do support organ donation, and the success rate for organ transplants is between 80 percent and 90 percent, so the risk of complication is minor.

It is often forgotten that children are also in need of organs and need ones in smaller sizes. If someone is underage and wishes to donate, parents can give consent to his or her decision.

You can help save and improve lives by registering to be an organ and tissue donor when you renew your drivers license. People of all ages can donate, regardless of health history. You also can register online at http://DonorRegistry.wisconsin.gov.

Mariah Endres,

La Crosse

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