For family members of a parent, sibling, spouse or child who is in desperate need of a life-saving transplant, the wait for a donated organ can be long and agonizing. Right now, 21 people die every day because there is a critical shortage of organs available for transplant across the United States.
Meanwhile, when children and adults are critically injured or die unexpectedly, their families also find themselves in a traumatic situation - especially when they realize there is nothing that can be done to bring their loved ones back.
But as families across the country can attest, something wonderful and inspirational can come from such tragedy. The gift of life can save the lives of eight people, and dramatically improve the lives of as many as fifty more. And the families of organs and tissue donors often say that the decision to help others through donation has helped them heal.
LifeChoice Donor Services, Inc., based in Windsor, CT, is one of 58 federally designated, nonprofit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the U.S. When a person is critically injured and dies, LifeChoice Donor Services works closely with the hospital and the family to discuss the opportunity of donation and support families throughout the process of donation and their bereavement.
In 2013, nearly 5,000 people died while waiting for an organ. By working together, we can change this. Please explore our site to learn more about the importance of registering as a donor, and how you can help save lives.