An organ donation can save a life. Sometimes, it is the only thing that can, and knowing as much as possible about how the organ donation system works could help save many lives.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 118,211 people are waiting for an organ, 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ, and a single organ donor could save as many as eight lives.
Spurred by a member of the congregation who needs an organ transplant and his family, Philadelphia Presbyterian has been actively promoting organ donation awareness.
Doctors discovered a tumor in Philadelphia Presbyterian member Tom Watson’s liver last December, and since mid-February, Tom has been on the list for a new liver, which is the most-needed organ transplant in the U.S., with 96,249 people on the waiting list.
“It’s definitely the support to know that people are surrounding us and trying to take this opportunity to move forward and help people in the future so that there are more people aware of the good things about being an organ donor,” said Mardy Watson, about what the program has done for her and her husband.