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Art Brown: The need for organ donations is tremendous. Nebraskans can help

All 400-plus of us on the organ donation list in Nebraska are waiting. Waiting for a call that says, “We’ve found a donor!” For some, that call never comes.

In Nebraska and across the U.S., more than 90% of people say they support organ donation. Yet only half of us sign up to be superheroes.

The point? We need more organ donors. We need living organ donors and we need people to check that box at the DMV saying they want to save lives after theirs has ended.

Let me provide some statistics:

» A single deceased donor can heal more than 100 people and save up to eight lives.

» There are more than 112,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list as of March 2020, according to organdonor.gov.

» Twenty people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.

» Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the transplant waiting list.

Here is one more statistic that is an eye-opener: According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, 83% of the 112,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list are waiting for a kidney. That is a lot of people who need kidneys.

I am one of them. For my family, it is hereditary. My father had a kidney transplant, as did my uncle. My aunt, like me, gives herself a daily, nine-hour dialysis treatment to help keep her kidneys functioning. Needless to say, my family members are enthusiastic supporters of organ donation.

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