Organ Donor Facts – “Social media site ‘Facebook’ boosted the number of people who registered themselves as organ donors 21-fold in just one day, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.” …
Facebook Boosts Organ Donor Registration
Lives Can Be Changed By Organ Donation!
A new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, shows that social media may be a powerful way to increase awareness of the organ shortage in the United States. More than 105,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ right now. Each day four thousand more people are added to the national waiting list.
A sad organ donor fact is that in the U.S. 18 people die each day waiting for a organ. Did you know some organs can be donated while you are alive? You can live with one kidney. Part of your liver can be donated to save the life of a child. In most cases only 20% of an adult liver is necessary to complete a successful transplantation into a small child or infant.
Organ donor registration is easy. The most important thing to do is to sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state’s donor registry. Most states have an organ donor registration assoicated with your drivers licence. When you apply or renew your license you can become an organ donor.
Here’s a comprehensive article by Sarah Glynn at “Medical News Today” about the social media study:
The researchers examined data from Facebook and online motor vehicle registration websites and discovered that on the day the strategy started (May 1, 2012), 57,451 users of the networking site updated their profiles to share their organ donor status. On the first day, there were 13,012 new online donor registrations – an enormous number compared to the average daily registration rate of 616 nationwide.