Donor Information in Indiana
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More than 600 Hoosiers are on waiting lists for organ, tissue and eye donations, according to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO).
Throughout the country, more than 90,000 people are hoping to receive a life-saving transplant. Moreover, it's estimated that 17 people die every day waiting for such a transplant. And, every 12 seconds another person is added to the transplant waiting list.
The good news is that more than 25,000 lives were saved last year from the gift of organ donation. Additionally, it is estimated that one donor can save the lives of up to eight people, while benefiting the lives of up to 75 others.
If you'd like to help others by becoming a donor, Indiana makes it simple for you. When you go to apply for or renew your driver's license, you will be asked if you'd like to become a donor. Just say "yes," and a red heart will be printed on your license showing that you have agreed to become a donor.
It is free to become a donor, and all costs associated with the donation will be covered by the appropriate agency.
The medical care you receive after agreeing to become a donor will not be affected in any manner. Also, you will still have the option of having an open casket funeral service.
For complete information on the donor program, visit the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization or IOPO website. The donatelifeindiana.org website will also answer questions you may have about donation.
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