By: Jules Miller, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Beginning April 1, people in Wisconsin can register online to be organ donors.
Martha Mallon is president of the non-profit group Donate Life Wisconsin. She says the online registry will speed up the process of connecting patients with available organs. Mallon says the main goal is to save more lives, and “enhance the lives of people through eye and tissue donation.” She says there’s more than 106,000 people nationally waiting for organ transplants, and 18 people die every day before a suitable donor is found.
The online option will not replace the organ donor registry people sign up with when getting their Wisconsin driver’s license. Mallon says more than half of the state’s licensed drivers are on that registry. She expects that number to jump once the online option begins next month.
Forty-five other states currently have online donor registries.
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