Emily De Vito
Updated: November 07, 2019 06:45 PM
Created: November 07, 2019 04:49 PM
On average, 20 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. While New York State has the third highest need for donors, it has the lowest number of people registered to be a donor out of the 50 states in the country.
It's an issue near and dear to the heart of NewsChannel 13's Emily De Vito. Six members of her family, including her mother and her sister, are alive today thanks to the gift of life. So she is sharing information and her personal story in hopes that others may be motivated to become part of the solution.
New York State recently hit a milestone. Six million people have enrolled in the state's Donate Life registry as organ donors. It's a big milestone because the state ranks last in the nation in percent of residents registered as organ donors.
My immediate and extended family has had so many friends, other family members, and even strangers step up to help us. Members of my family suffer from polycystic kidney disease -- and because of that, kidney transplants have been become the norm for us for the past 20 years.
The good news is the number of New Yorkers registering to be organ donors is going up. However, some say the state has been busy playing catch up with the rest of the nation instead of being more bold in how they tackle this public health problem.
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Source: Center for Donation & Transplant
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