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Organ donation is often called the gift of life.
Now we’re learning just how much of a gift it can be for those dying patients who receive life saving organ transplants.
A scientific study recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation found that “a single donor gives on average over 30 additional life-years to patients awaiting transplantation.” In fact, if all of a donor’s organs are utilized - there are seven of them - the number of years of additional life given jumps to an average of 55.
Organ donation saves lives and prolongs lives.
It is why KSL continues to encourage support for efforts in Utah to get citizens to join the Utah Donor Registry.
As of early October 1,032,563 Utahns were listed on the state’s donor registry. That’s 65 percent of the population between 16 and 75. In our view, the percentage should be much higher.
If you’re one of those who haven’t registered, we hope you will. You can do it online at www.yesutah.org, or by picking up a registration form at any Department of Motor Vehicle location, or by expressing your desire when you obtain your driver license.
Be prepared, in the event it happens, to give the gift of life.