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Ky. health officials highlight importance of organ donation

Officials at the University of Kentucky are highlighting the importance of organ donors for National Donate Life Month.
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 11:38 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials at the University of Kentucky are highlighting the importance of organ donors for National Donate Life Month.

They say there are hundreds of thousands of patients out there that need transplants and April is the month to call more attention to the need for donors.

Monday morning, UK HealthCare and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates held a flag-raising ceremony to call on more people to consider becoming organ donors.

Officials raised the flag at 10:08 to signify how one organ donor can help save eight lives. Officials say that there are 106,000 people who are on the national waiting list for an organ donation.

Dr. Ashlee Montgomery-Yates Chairs UK Health’s Donation and Transplant Committee. She says the only way for those people to get the life-saving care that they need is for another person to step up and make the choice.

“We have hundreds of thousands of people waiting on transplant lists around the country and the only way that they survive and live another day is if we all agree to sign the back of our drivers’ licenses and become organ donors,” said Dr. Montgomery-Yates. “Organ transplant and organ donation is something that we as individuals have the right to make about our bodies and that we should all do what’s right for our community members and those waiting on the lists because many people on the lists die every year waiting for organs.”

Dr. Montgomery-Yates says, in this past year, UK Health performed close to 250 organ transplants.

Officials say that there are a number of ways that you can sign up to become an organ donor.

Dr. Montgomery-Yates says that you can register to become an organ donor by selecting “yes” when you go to register for a new driver’s license.

You can also go to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry website at any point in time and you can put your name in. She says you will have to put in some identifying information if you choose that way.

She says, finally, you can also talk to your primary care physician and they can help you sign up.

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