Organ donation is Rotary topic



A total of 18 people waiting for an organ transplant die each day in the United States, Ellen Andersen told Bellefontaine Rotarians this week at the group’s regular meeting.

“The need is enormous and the opportunity is very, very rare,” the donation specialist and in-house coordinator at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus told attendees as she explained one of the realities of the delicate subject.

Currently about 120,618 people — including 3,732 Ohio residents — in the U.S. are waiting for  organ transplants.

Although some 60 percent of the population is registered as organ and tissue donors, Ms. Andersen noted, only about one percent of nearly all those who die will ultimately be able to donate because of the condition of the body, health conditions or other factors.  

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