I had to renew my drivers license last week and I noticed that my new license looks a little different than my old license. Obviously the picture on my new license looks a little different, I have a few more wrinkles and a lot less hair.
In the bottom left corner of my license is the symbol of a red heart with a green ribbon drawn through it and above the heart is the word DONOR.
The symbol is on my license because I said “yes” to being an organ or tissue donor. April is National Donate Life Month. As health care workers we have an obligation and responsibility to help educate the public on the benefits, and responsibility, of being an organ donor. On a daily basis we are privileged to see firsthand patients who have benefited from organ donation.
Hospitals play a special role in educating patients, visitors, members of the community and hospital staff about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and in encouraging them to join organ and tissue donor registries to renew and save lives. More than 110,000 men, women and children are waiting for lifesaving organs, and thousands more need tissue and cornea transplants to restore mobility or sight. If you haven’t yet gotten involved, find out how at the links below.