ARDMORE, OK-- 62 Oklahomans died waiting for an organ transplant last year but one agency believes we can all help prevent these deaths by making a decision to become organ donors. April is national donate life month and health officials are trying to raise awareness of the importance of becoming a organ donor and early decision planning.
Tessa Hawkins with Oklahoma Blood Institute said that close to 900 Oklahomans are currently waiting for an organ transplant. She said making the decision to become a registered donor is a serious matter and something that should be discussed with loved ones now rather than later.
Hawkins said there is an organ shortage in Oklahoma and it is especially critical for minorities who are matched by blood and tissue type. Hawkins encourages everyone to become donors to give someone else a second chance at life.
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