The Mercury News outlines how Facebook makes it easy to be an organ donor. While "tens of thousands of new donors" signed up on the first day, Donate Life California noted a 1,300 percent increase in registrations.
What is Facebook doing to encourage organ donations?
Facebook users can register as organ donors with local chapters of Donate Life America. The user accesses the personal timeline, clicks on the "life event" option, then chooses "health & wellness." There the user selects "organ donor" and decides whether to make this choice publicly visible or private. If the individual has never signed up with Donate Life America, a live link sends the donor to the local chapter's website to complete the sign-up process.
What are California organ donor statistics?
According to the California Transplant Donor Network, organ donation facts highlight more than 21,000 patients on the UNOS National Organ Transplant Waiting List are California residents. Since the need for organs is greater than the pool of donors, 1 in 3 patients is likely to die before appropriate organ donations become available.
Who oversees organ donations in California?
The Golden State recognizes four entities as organ procurements organizations, Donate Life California explains. They are the California Transplant Donor Network, OneLegacy, Sierra Donor Services, and Lifesharing.Can organ donors change their minds about organ donations?
If someone no longer wants to be an organ donor it is possible to remove the authorization from the registry. Visiting Donate Life California's removal page makes it easy to eliminate a direct registry sign-up or a California Department of Motor Vehicles designation.
Sylvia Cochran is a Los Angeles area resident with a firm finger on the pulse of California politics. Talk radio junkie, community volunteer and politically independent, she scrutinizes the good and the bad from both sides of the political aisle.