‘Faces of Transplant’ series highlights Utah organ donations

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Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. There are currently 115,016 people on that national organ transplant waiting list. Seven hundred and twenty-one of them are Utahns waiting for a life-saving organ to become available. Sadly, roughly 20 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.
 
But the good news: One person can save up to eight lives, and it starts with saying YES to organ donation.
 
Intermountain Medical Center and Intermountain Donor Services are working to encourage every Utahn to register as an organ donor and to talk to their friends and family to help them know their decision. Registering to be an organ donor takes a few minutes and can save someone’s life down the road.
 
While organ donation can bring hope and comfort in the face of tragedy, living donation brings a life-saving organ to a family member, neighbor, friend or even a stranger.
 
Living kidney donation, as well as living liver donation, brings the gift of life to people who are staring death in the face.
 
Anyone interested in being a living donor can contact Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Services at 801-507-3380 or visit YesUtah.org.

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