Talk to family about organ donation
Even before Gadsden City Councilman Robert Avery’s great-niece became an organ donor on Sunday, Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton planned to designate April as “Donate Life Month” in Gadsden.
Guyton presented the proclamation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
According to the proclamation, a new patient is added every 18 minutes to the national waiting list for an organ transplant and there are more than 110,000 men, women and children on a waiting list for organ transplants.
About 3,500 are in Alabama.
Two hundred forty-three people died in Alabama last year because they did not receive an organ transplant in time.
“in Gadsden, we honor all who have given the gift of life, we focus our efforts on the extreme need for organ and tissue donors and we encourage residents to designate their donation decision and share the decision to donate with family members,” Guyton said.
Even though Nikki Davenport had not shared with her family that she wanted to be an organ donor, it is something they believe she would have wanted.
“I thought ‘how poetic that he make this proclamation after my niece has been able to affect four lives,’” Avery said.
A declaration to become an organ donor can be made when renewing drivers licenses, but family members also must agree for their loved ones’ organs to be donated at the time of death.
For more information, contact the Alabama Organ Center at 1-800-252-3677 or visit www.alabamaorgancenter.com.
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