Local NBC 5 anchor Kristi Nelson has given the gift of life this morning. How exactly? She has donated her kidney to her mother, and surgery was scheduled today. Considering this extraordinarily selfless act, we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to share more information about becoming an organ donor.

The Gift of Life

Of the more than 110,000  patients in the U.S. in need of an organ nearly 11,000 are Texans. Patients die every day waiting for a much-needed organ, but only a small number of the state’s population is registered to be organ donors. It is important to realize that your choice to donate an organ is one that could save or change up to eight lives.

How to Become an Organ Donor

Texas now has its own state-wide donor registry program. By signing the registry, you are providing first person authorization be an organ donor, which means in the event of your death, your family cannot override your donor designation. You can sign up to donate an organ three ways.

  • Online: Visit the Donate Life Texas website to register.  
  • At the DPS: While you are applying for or renewing your license, individuals can indicate that they would like to register for the Glenda Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry. The DPS will collect the required information and a $1 voluntary contribution.
  • Online with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you renew the registration for your car.

North Hills Hospital wishes Kristi Nelson and her mother a speedy recovery and many years of happiness together thanks to Kristi’s organ donation. Follow the Twitter hashtag #kristisgift to watch today’s progress online. Otherwise, for more information about organ donation in Texas, please visit the Donate Life Texas website or contact them by phone at 877-839-2755.

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