April is National Donate Life Month and spreading awareness for organ donation has been very important to Dr. William Cioffi from University Surgical Associates.
“Last year alone, organ donors saved more than 28,000 lives. Another one million people received tissue transplants that helped them recover from skin loss, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss,” Dr. Cioffi said.
In the past, organ donation may be thought of as a single organ, such as a kidney. But, now it’s so much more.
“For every person who donates their organs after they die, the lives of up to 50 people could be saved or improved. Unfortunately there is still a great need. an average of 18 people die every day waiting for an organ or tissue transplant,” Dr. Cioffi added.
He has a message for people who may hesitate to become donors.
“There’s a misconception that if people agree to donate their organs, doctors won’t work as hard to save their life. The fact is that doctors will do all they can to save your life.”
University Surgical Associates feels so strongly about organ donation that they’re running a public service announcement about the topic.
“As a group, we have always felt that it’s important to provide a public service to the community. Along with spreading awareness about the need for organ donors, we wanted to tell people how easy it is to become a donor. If you are 18 or older, all you have to do is visit donatelifenewengland.com to register. It only takes a few minutes. We hope that through these messages, we are helping save more lives.”