Beaumont Senior News – Did You Know You Can Be an Eye, Tissue, & Organ Donor?

Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Southeast Texas

Did you know Southeast Texas seniors can be eye, tissues, and organ donors?

It’s true.

Find out more on today’s edition of Beaumont Senior News.

With roughly 1.5 million Texans signed up to be organ and tissue donors, and with donations endorsed by everyone from elected officials to businesses to the faith community, folks who need transplants have no cause for concerns about availability — right?

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Not quite, says Michele Goddard of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). “In a state with some 25 million people and a constant medical need for transplants, you never have enough registered organ donors in Texas,” Goddard said, noting that year round about 10,400 Texans are on waiting lists for transplants. And despite good overall registration numbers, actual donation rates remain flat in some areas, such as Central and Southeast Texas.

As Goddard’s colleague Pamela Mann noted, a lot of things can happen to prevent a person who’s signed up for the statewide Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas Registry from actually having their wishes honored after their death.

“Even if SETX Seniors are in the registry, time is of the essence for harvesting organs after death, and family members who aren’t sure about your wishes may not be prepared to authorize it,” Mann said. “We urge folks who’ve signed up with the registry to have the conversation with as many family members and loved ones as possible — then have it again as often as possible”.

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“There are a million possible reasons why someone who’s signed up to donate may not be able to do so. We don’t want a family’s lack of information to be one of those.”

How to Make Your Wishes as a Southeast Texas Senior Organ Donor Known 

The easiest way for SETX Seniors to indicate your desire to be an organ and tissue donor is to go to the DonateLifeTexas.org website and sign up for the Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas Registry. The process takes only a minute or so for Southeast Texas seniors to sign up as organ downors and requires no witnesses.

You also can indicate your desire to be on the registry when you apply for, renew or replace your state driver’s license or I.D. card with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Once a Southeast Texas senior is signed up as an organ and tissue donor, tell your friends, family, co-workers and others what you’ve chosen to do and why. Even though hospitals check when a patient dies to see if they are a registered organ donor, family members who are unaware of the donor’s depth of conviction still may refuse to allow a Golden Triangle senior’s organs to be harvested.

In other cases, permission may be withheld because of religious concerns. As Goddard noted, though, most organized religions support organ and tissue donation and consider it an act of charity.

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SETX Seniors Organ Donation Options

Although a majority of organs are donated posthumously, DSHS notes that more than half of all kidney transplants are from living donors. Live donations of a portion of a liver also are common. The Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas Registry is not for people who want to be living donors, but Beaumont seniors can find out how to be a live donor by contacting the Organ Procurement Organization in your area. They’re listed under Resources on the DonateLifeTexas website.

The Glenda Dawson Registry also is not for people who want to donate bone marrow or cord blood, but these vitally needed donations can be made at the National Marrow Donor Program website: www.marrow.org.

To request printed materials on organ and tissue donation, or to find out more about who can donate organs and tissue, SETX Seniors can go to DonateLifeTexas.org or call DSHS toll-free at 800-222-3986.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Beaumont Senior News, Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Southeast Texas.

Organ donation can be an important part of Southeast Texas senior legacies.

Stay tuned for more Southeast Texas senior news right here on SETXSeniors.com.

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