Donor Information in Rhode Island
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Seventeen people in the United States die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. It's a whopping figure that totals to more than 6,500 deaths per year.
Currently, at least 89,000 Americans are in dire need of donated organs, and many more wait for donated tissues. The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) works in conjunction with the New England Organ Bank, and provides valuable information on donations.
Becoming a donor won't cost you or your family anything. Your funeral won't be delayed or altered due to becoming a donor; open-casket funerals are still possible. All major U.S. religions support organ and tissue donation. Donors receive the same level of medical care as non-donors.
You may register to become a donor whenever you apply for or renew your driver's license at any DMV location. Just fill out the donor form (available at the DMV), and carry the Uniform Organ Donor card in your wallet.
Advising family members of your wishes is strongly recommended.
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