Making A Decision
Facts You Should Know
Your well-being is always the priority for any medical professional treating you. Organ donation is offered to families only after every possible measure has been taken to save your life.
There are no age limits or health restriction when you register your willingness to donate. There are currently over 100,000 patients waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. By giving the Gift of Life, you allow others to live on through your selfless and heroic decision.
There are nearly 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Our state represents the third-highest need throughout the country in terms of the number of state residents needing a transplant, yet we have one of the lowest percentages of eligible residents registered on the state donor registry.
As of February 14, 2017, New York State joined Vermont and the majority of other states in the country in allowing 16 and 17-year- olds to register their wishes as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Talk to Your Family
If the patient has not documented his/her decision to donate, the patient’s next of kin will be asked for consent to donate. Discussing end-of-life decisions is an important step in ensuring that your final wishes are carried out. Although you may feel uncomfortable talking about mortality with your loved ones, an open and honest discussion can alleviate many concerns.
Thousands of lives are saved or enhanced by the miracle of organ and tissue donation.
There is no better time than now to start the conversation about donation.