Ten thousand people in Texas might be able to sleep a little more comfortably tonight.
Maybe Texans are clueing in. Since January, according to a news release from the Transplant Alliance, between 60,000 and 70,000 people a month have signed up for the registry. In 2006, the average hovered at about 10,000 a month.
Registering to be a donor takes the pressure off family members during crisis situations. It’s already a done deal and a family member, bedside at a hospital, doesn’t have to make the call.
According to the release, only 2 percent of transplanted organs in Texas came from registered donors during 2009. All those others had to come from people, grieving the impending death of a loved one, saying, “Yeah, sure, go ahead and harvest his [insert body part here].”
So do the family a solid and remove the pressure.
Donating an organ must be the height of recycling.