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National Organ Donation Month

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email
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Every ten minutes another person is added to the national waiting list for organ donation.

Every day thanks to an organ donor, someone is touched by the gift of life.

Wednesday, Camden Clark Medical Center participated in the Green Chair Campaign – to raise awareness for organ, tissue and eye donation.

"Actually last year we had the highest number of patients and the hospital was chosen as a base hospital for organ donation for the whole state,” says Critical Care Physician Dr. Abiy Kelil.

Four hundred fifty West Virginians and more than 120,000 in the United States are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

"It's kind of shocking when you hear those numbers,” says Kathy Warhola, regional representative for Lifeline of Ohio. “They also don't know that 18 people on that list die every day, so it's very urgent that people make a decision about being an organ donor."

So many families, including children here at home benefit from organ donation.

"Cornea, you know, liver, heart, kidney – skin,” Kelil says.

Angela Hepp knows that all too well, as a live donor for her son, who's doing great now.

"He had a kidney transplant in May of 2004,” says the vascular nurse practitioner. “We've had 10 good years with our son that, ya know, we may not have been blessed with if he hadn't had an organ donation."

Organs here stay here, for the most part.

"We try to use it locally, but it depends,” Kelil says. “Depends on the demand and who needs it and who's on the list."

Brooke Grubb's dad was a registered organ donor for decades, so it was only natural when he passed that he would give this gift to others...

"He donated his tibias, skin tissue, organs and his jaw – and helped numerous families, so I’m just here to honor him,” says the physical therapist assistant.

With the one state transplant center in Charleston only doing kidneys, it's urgent people sign up to be donors, to help save the life of someone nearby.

A single donor can save eight lives.
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More than 120,000 people are waiting for transplants in the United States.

Millions more suffer with conditions that can be successfully treated with donated tissue and corneas.

Every ten minutes another person is added to the national waiting list for organ donation.

Every day thanks to an organ donor, someone is touched by the gift of life.

Wednesday Camden Clark Medical Center participated in the "Green Chair" event.

It was developed to raise awareness for organ, tissue and eye donation through Lifeline of Ohio with the theme "Don't let another chair go empty."

Critical Care Physician, Dr. Abiy Kelil says hundreds of people here at home benefit from donation.

"Actually last year we had the highest number of patients and the hospital was chosen as a base hospital for organ donation for the whole state," he says.

Kelil says it's amazing to be part of such a great team, donating organs and giving a second chance to someone who urgently needs it.

He encourages everyone to become an organ donor and help save a life.


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