The list for people waiting for donations locally varies from between 1,500 and 1,600, said Diane Chandler, Mid-America Transplant Service's chief operating officer and executive vice president.
"The generosity of donor families can help so many people," Chandler
The other important thing is to enroll in a state registry," Chandler
"I think one of the things we hear fairly commonly is that the family didn't know what the (donor) wanted to do and didn't know what their wishes were," Chandler
said."None of us want to really deal with our own mortality, so it's not something we want to discuss at the dinner table.
"It is so important to make sure your family is aware of your wishes," she
Factors such as race, age or gender aren't considered by the computer when it searches the database for matching recipients, Chandler
said.Anyone of any age can be an organ donor.
However, most of the organs donated locally are given to local recipients, Chandler
said.Donating organs does not cost the family anything beyond the original medical costs that brought the donor to the hospital in the first place.
"We think the most important key to all of this is that families, at the most difficult time in their lives, have the forethought to think of others," she