Donor Awareness Key to Saving Lives
Excerpts taken from the Poughkeepsie Journal.
“‘On any given day, 10,500 New Yorkers are on the national list waiting to receive a life-saving transplant,’ said Aisha M. Tator, executive director of New York Alliance for Donation Inc. in Troy, which serves all of New York state.”
“April is National Donate Life Month, which was started by Donate Life America. According to the group’s statistics, more than 24,000 patients began new lives in 2014 thanks to organ transplants (about 65 every day).”
“‘Patrick was healthy and very active, didn’t smoke, drink or do drugs,’ Barb Adams said. ‘He had none of the risk factors for any health issues.'”
“But within a month, something went terribly wrong. Patrick’s heart was beating up to 240 times per minute. He was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia, a rapid heartbeat that starts in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles).”
“‘The doctors thought it was a virus that settled in his heart,’ Adams said. ‘It can happen to anyone.'”