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DONATING ORGANS

ORGAN DONATION IS SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD CONSIDER AND INFORM THEIR LOVED ONES ABOUT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Specially trained EMT teams in New York City will soon start seeking permission for organ donation from family members of people who have died outside the hospital. Dory Segev, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, says the necessity to develop such programs would be obviated by people making their wishes regarding organ donation known.

SEGEV: The most important thing we can do in this country is to have those discussions among our families and among our communities and among loved ones.  So people should be aware of the wishes of their loved ones should they die before they die.  If these discussions are more common, if these discussions occur and maybe this program will inspire these discussions in New York, then it’s less stressful and less traumatic when it happens for the decision to be made.   :28

Segev says the majority of people die outside the hospital, so this is potentially an important source of organs for transplant.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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