National Donate Life Month, held each April, is dedicated to encouraging individuals to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who saved lives through the gift of donation. Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) and the Kentucky/West Virginia Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) participated in a flag raising ceremony on April 4 at 10 a.m. outside the Cabell Huntington Hospital entrance.
Over the last year, KODA’s family support and clinical teams worked with 134 organ donors and families resulting in 423 organs recovered and transplanted. Organs that can be donated for transplantation include kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, intestines, eyes and pancreas. Tissues that can be donated include corneas, skin, heart valves, bones, saphenous veins, and tendons.
“There are more than 115,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ transplant,” said Teresa Sexton, RN, MSNeD, director of Senior Services & Nursing at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “The flag raising ceremony is truly a celebration of heroes and the many lives saved. Cabell Huntington Hospital is proud to once again be recognized as one of KODA’s top donating hospitals, and we are honored to be part of the life-saving work they do.”
Amanda Clark, mother of an organ donor said the gift of life wasn’t what she had planned to do, but knew that her daughter would live on through her organ donation.
“When I think of my daughter, I can’t help but smile,” Clark said. “But what makes me smile even more is knowing that an eight-year-old is alive and well because of my daughter and two ladies in Kentucky are alive and well because of my daughter. Our decision has made a difference and you can too.”
“Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list,” Sexton explained. “On average, 20 people die every day while waiting for a transplant. Just one donor can save up to eight lives.”
To learn more about organ donation, please visit www.donatelife.net.