"Donate Life" at the Captiol

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:25am

Volunteers with “Donate Life Louisiana” set up shop at the state capitol Tuesday to spread the word about organ donation. Local mothers Rhonda Porta and Adriane Mcrae are sharing their stories about giving and receiving the gift of life, in hopes that more people will become donors.

Porta’s daughter, Alexis, died at 16, after suffering a brain aneurysm.

"The most horrible thing that can happen as a mom happened to us when we lost Alexis and I feel like what a positive thing to come out of such a negative," says Porta. Alexis’ organs saved five lives.

McRae’s son, Smith, is an active toddler now, after a life-saving liver transplant as an infant.

"He was only six months when he actually got his liver and you can be 80, 90; be donors - it doesn’t matter,” says McRae. “The medical technology now - modern science and God it’s amazing."

You can sign up to be an organ donor at any office of motor vehicles. For more information visit www.lopa.org

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Your story about Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

There are now over 110,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. Everyone who is willing to receive should be willing to give.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling
1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,500 members as of this writing, including 144 members in Louisiana.

Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your viewers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

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