GOVERNOR SIGNS HANNON LEGISLATION TO ENCOURAGE ORGAN DONATION
Bill will make it easier for New Yorkers to register online to become an organ donor
I continually stress the importance of becoming a donor, because donating an organ is saving a life. This new law will make the process of registering for organ donation online more convenient by allowing donors to receive electronic confirmation of their registration and amend or revoke registration online.
Currently, the State Department of Health is authorized to offer online electronic registration, which is done through the DMV website. The new law will allow a notice of successful registration to be sent via electronic mail. It will also allow the use of an electronic signature to amend or revoke consent.
More than 110,000 people, almost 10,000 of them New Yorkers, are on the national waiting list for organ transplants. An average of 18 people die each day in the United States because they did not receive a desperately needed organ – this bill will make it easier for New Yorkers to become organ donors, and allow even more people to be able to give the precious gift of life that is organ donation.
In New York, an individual who is at least 18 years old may make a gift, effective upon death, of any part of his or her body (including organs, tissues and eyes) for the purpose of transplantation or medical research by registering with the Registry. Individuals may choose to donate their eyes and organs such as their kidneys, a pancreas, liver, lungs, heart and/or intestinal organ upon death. Additionally, individuals can donate certain organs such as a kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung, intestine or pancreas while they are alive.
In addition, various types of tissues can be donated and used to enhance health and save lives. Donated skin can be used to help someone recover from severe burns, and a donated heart valve can help repair a cardiac defect. The tissues donated by one person can positively impact the lives of over 50 people.
For more information on how to become an organ donor, click here: http://www.donatelifeny.org/take-action/register-to-become-a-donor/