Adirondack Medical Center encourages organ donation | Local News


SARANAC LAKE – April is National Gift of Life Month, an annual observance aimed at raising awareness about organ and tissue donation, encouraging Americans to register as organ, eye and organ donors. and fabrics and to honor those who have saved lives through donation.

Since the beginning of the month, a white flag bearing the blue and green “Donate Life America” ​​logo has been flying, under the American flag, at the Adirondack Medical Center.

EVERY NINE MINUTES

Outside of April, the flag only flies when Adirondack Health successfully harvests donated tissues or organs.

“Every nine minutes, another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list,” said Dr. Michael Hill, chief of surgery at Adirondack Medical Center.

“Having worked with organ and tissue recovery teams throughout my surgical career, I cannot overestimate the value of registration as an organ, eye and tissue donor.”

41,000 TRANSPLANTS

Last year, more than 41,000 transplants brought life back to patients, families and communities across the country. Sadly, more than 100,000 people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants, and every day around 17 people die while waiting.

“A single tissue donor can help more than 75 people,” said Adirondack Health chief nursing officer Dave Mader.

“Throughout the year, and particularly during National Gift of Life Month, we encourage our employees and members of our surrounding communities to consider signing up, if they have not already done so. .”

More than 170 million Americans are registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

To learn more, visit donatelife.net.

To register your decision to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation, visit registerme.org.

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