About 74 people a day receive an organ transplant, however an average of 17 people die each day waiting for transplants. Did you know that more than 88,000 men, women and children currently await life-saving transplants? Every 12 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list. Of those 88,000 waiting 61,000 of them are waiting for a kidney. How many of you here are organ donors? I use to feel that I didn't want a Doctor taking anything from me after I have passed, even knowing that two of my family members, an Uncle and Cousin, had severe kidney disease. It wasn't until after they had passed away that I really thought about organ donation and that's pretty sad, it shouldn't be like that. I have a bumper sticker on my car that reads, "Don't take your organs to Heaven, Heaven knows we need them here" and how true that is. When you hear something like that it tends to make you think about your decision not to donate. But in all honesty I wasn't completely sure about just giving my organs away, I had to do my research on organ donation, I had questions, and I wanted answers. Questions like: How are organs distributed? Can I agree to donate some organs or tissue and not others? If I sign a donor card or indicate my donation preferences on my driver's license, will my wishes be carried out? And Can I change my mind? These are some of the questions I will answer for you today along with giving you a brief description about what life is like waiting on a donor list. The first successful kidney transplant was in 1954 and is the most common transplant today.
The primary function of the kidney is to remove waste products and excess fluid from your blood. Every day, the kidneys filter about 200 quarts of fluid, 2 quarts leave the body in the form of urine, while the remainder is retained in the body. How many of us really think about our ability to urinate, I know I never did, but for my Uncle and Cousin, they could only wish...
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