Learn how to give a miracle by registering as an organ donor.

Thousands of people every year are given a second chance at life thanks to donated organ and tissue transplants, according to OrganDonor.gov. At any given moment, there are thousands of adults and children waiting for an organ or tissue transplant. In honor of National Organ Donor Day, learn how to become an organ donor. By allowing for the possibility of organ and tissue donation, you are giving entire families hope for the future.

Begin by registering
The first step in becoming an organ donor is to register. Find your state’s registry and sign up. You should also have your status designated on your driver’s license. It may be painful or uncomfortable to consider your own passing, but know that a designation on your license can help medical staff proceed with timely organ or tissue harvesting.

Talk to your family
It’s important that your loved ones know that you would like to be an organ donor. Share the information with your friends and family, and also make sure it’s included in your will and advanced directives. Your organ donor status won’t change the medical treatment you receive or the quality of your care, but it’s important for medical staff and family to know.

Don’t assume you’re not a candidate
OrganDonor.gov shares that 18 people die each day waiting for transplants. Don’t rule yourself out if you’re elderly or have an existing medical condition. There are only a few exceptions that make donors ineligible. Keep in mind that there’s an increased need for minority donors.

Don't put it off
If you are considering organ donation and decide to be a donor, don’t put off registering. If you’re worried about upsetting your family, keep in mind that many loved ones have found comfort in knowing an organ or tissue donation helped to save another life.

Find out how to stay healthy and avoid chronic disease that can lead to the need for organ transplantation. Visit North Hills Hospital online or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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