"We're in desperate need," said Karin Nystrom, heart transplant coordinator at Yale-New Haven, who with Hartford Hospital is one of two health care facilities in the state where transplants are done.
The most important thing for a willing donor to know, Nystrom
said, is that they need to let family or loved ones know their intentions in advance.
"It's a family at that time that has to make a decision, so the most important thing is let them know you're interested in becoming a donor," she
said."Initially, telling them is enough, but then I'd encourage them to indicate it on their driver's license.Those two modalities are excellent ways to notify the public and health-care professionals of a donor's intent."
A living donor most typically gives a kidney, but donors and cadavers can provide a kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, lung, or intestine.Living heart donors donate their heart when they become heart-lung recipients.This is called a domino transplant.
...Nystrom, the heart transplant coordinator at Yale-New Haven Hospital, said some potential donors are leery because they believe they will receive substandard medical care if they indicate an interest in giving up organs.
"That's absolutely not the case," said Nystrom
."Being an organ donor in no way affects your care in a hospital or at a doctor's office."
Wayne Smith just wants people to consider donating organs.
"The greatest thing about giving organs while you're alive, is that you know who they're going to and what good they are doing.If more people were donors, more lives could be saved."