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Monday
Apr142014

donate life

Currently, more than 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States.  Honored in April of each year, National Donate Life Month works to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.  Below is a letter from LifeSource, the Organ and Tissue Donating Center, that honors an organ donor from our area who passed away last month (for the purpose of his/her privacy, the donor will be left unnamed).

Thank you, Wishek Community Hospital for your timely referral and collaboration with the recent tissue case . A special thanks to Paige Wilen, GN for making the referral to 24-SHARE, to Charge RN’s Carly and Lori for all of your help, and to Jack for transporting our team back and forth. Thank you to all staff involved for supporting the family through this process, for preparing for the recovery, for the use of your OR, and for your communication back and forth with our donor services center and funeral home. Our tissue team said everyone there was excellent to work with.

This patient documented his intent to be a donor, and the patient’s family wanted to uphold his wishes. They will now be part of our Donor Family Network and receive correspondence for as long as they’d like. Also a family packet was left for them by our tissue team, and was given to them by the funeral director.
Our team recovered bone and connective tissue from the upper and lower extremities, heart valves, saphenous veins, femoral veins, aortal-iliac tissue. These gifts will be used in various transplant procedures including hip and knee replacements, implants with prosthetics, ACL/PCL repair, life-saving valve replacement surgeries, heart bypass surgeries, and more. We estimate at least 60 people will benefit from these gifts.

Your help and expertise ensured that this case could move forward, thanks again!
Please contact me with any follow-up concerns.

Kindest Regards,
Barb Nelson-Agnew
Hospital Liaison
bagnew@life-source.org
701.238.4399

If you are not already an organ donor and would like to register, you can do so by visiting https://apps.nd.gov/dot/dlts/dlos/donorChange.htm or call 1.888.5.DONATE.

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