Friday, January 30, 2004

LifeSharers logistics

The Denver Post published a story about LifeSharers a few days ago.

The story quotes a spokesman for the organ procurement organization in Colorado as saying "it could be a nightmare trying to honor a LifeSharers donor's wish to give organs to another member who is not sick enough to rank high on the national recipient list." This is not true. The LifeSharers donor card contains simple instructions to transplant personnel. It tells them to call either of two telephone numbers to get names of LifeSharers members who are on the national transplant waiting list.

The story also quotes a UNOS spokesperson as saying that UNOS "would not block a member's wish to provide organs to other network members." UNOS maintains the national transplant waiting list.

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