4.16.2005

donate life

Each day, about 74 people receive an organ transplant.

Unfortunately 17 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs.

The month of April is National Donate Life Month, a time to raise public awareness of the critical need for organ, tissue, marrow, and blood donation. If you haven’t thought about being a donor, or haven’t told anyone about your desire to be a donor, please do it now, and CLICK HERE to download a donor card.

Let me introduce you to my friend Nick.

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On Halloween 2002, Nick was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). PPH is a form of pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH is a rare blood vessel disorder of the lung in which the pressure in the pulmonary artery (the blood vessel that leads from the heart to the lungs) rises above normal levels and may become life threatening. PH starts when the small vessels that supply blood to the lungs constrict, or tighten up. It is more difficult for blood to get through to the lungs, and the heart must pump harder to overcome the resistance. As time passes, scarring (or fibrosis) of the vessels makes them stiffer and thicker, and some may be completely blocked. The extra stress causes the heart to enlarge and become less flexible. Less and less blood is able to flow out of the heart, through the lungs, and into the body, and more and more symptoms start to show.

Nick needs new lungs, and may need a new heart.

Are you a donor???

1 comment:

Liz J said...

I am a donor and hope that in my eventual death many other people can live fuller, healthier, more blessed lives. California now has an online donor registry which hospitals, etc can look at to find out if you are a donor. You can also print a donor card from there. Here is the web address: https://www.donatelifecalifornia.org/register/