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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Of the more than 1,300 Indiana residents waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, almost 100 live in Allen County.
While educational efforts about the importance of being a donor continue all year long at Lutheran Hospital, Donate Life Month each April takes on added significance for medical professionals and patients who know firsthand the meaningful impact these discussions can have.
Besides the potential of eight organs, a single donor can help two recipients regain vision and an additional 75 through tissue donation.
For those needing a kidney transplant, living donors also continue to play an essential role for patients including those who are waiting for an organ through the kidney transplant program at Lutheran. Call (260) 435-6211 to speak with the kidney transplant living donor coordinator to learn more.
Indiana Donor Network and VisionFirst officials prefer that people register to donate despite medical condition or age. Nearly 33 percent of donors are age 50 and older.
Physicians determine at the time of death what organs and tissues qualify for donation.