Hundreds of Oklahomans are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, and you might wonder, how can I help?
Here's how to donate organs:
1. Sign up at the Oklahoma organ donor registry
- You can do so online here
2. Use your Oklahoma driver's license to show you are a donor
- When you get a new driver's license, you will be asked whether you are an organ donor. If you say yes, a red heart will appear on the front of your license, and your information will be forwarded to the state organ donor registry
3. Include organ donation in your advance directive for health care
- It's helpful to include your desire to donate in your important estate planning documents, especially your health care directive. Covering these bases will help ensure your wishes to donate are known and followed
4. Tell others you are an organ donor
- To avoid confusion or delays, it's important to tell others how you feel strongly about donating your organs. Considering discussing the matter with family members, health care providers and close friends
LifeShare reports that 487 lives were saved in Oklahoma in 2018 through organ, eye and tissue donation.
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