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Gift of Life Breaks National Record for Life-Saving Organ Donations
Date:1/12/2010

ic City, had to make after her husband of 13 years suffered a stroke and spent weeks in the Intensive Care Unit.  When doctors told her that he was brain dead, she knew organ and tissue donation was the right decision, to make something good of an otherwise tragic situation.

"I know he would have wanted it," she said.  "For me, he's still going on.  I'll never forget him, and neither will others thanks to his donation."

The increasing number of donation opportunities locally is only possible through dedicated cooperation from healthcare partners, both at the 150 hospitals and 15 transplant centers in the region.  Through their advocacy and diligence, these medical professionals have helped support the families of donors as well as give hope to those individuals waiting for a life-saving transplant.  

Another milestone for this community, the number of tissue donations given over the past 12 months was equally unprecedented, with 2,458 tissue donors. This included 1,026 musculoskeletal donors who provided bone grafts, heart valves, skin, and saphenous veins among other tissues necessary for life-enhancing transplants, as well as 2,263 eye donors, which allows for cornea transplants used to restore vision.  The number of tissue donors has more than doubled over the past five years.  Just one tissue donor can help more than 50 people through transplant allograph procedures.

"To be the national leader in donation and transplantation is a testament to the level of support this community shows, and we are grateful to all those individuals who made the generous decision to be an organ and tissue donor," Gift of Life President and CEO Howard M. Nathan said.  "We will stay focused on those who continue to wait for their second chance and will continue to support those generous individuals who decide to save lives through donation."

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