You Have the Power – Become an Organ Donor


You might not think you have the power to change someone’s life, but we each carry the potential to have a lifesaving impact on someone else. In recognition of National Donate Life Month, we want to inspire you to provide hope through donor registration and living donation.

Did you know that one organ donor can save up to eight people through organ donation and can heal up to 75 people through tissue donation? Now that is a big impact.

Donor Network West filmed a one minute spot to demonstrate the power of organ donation. The setting? Renown South Meadows Medical Center Intensive Care Unit (ICU). That’s right, one of the private rooms of the eight bed ICU was transformed into a film set for a day to help spread this message.

In addition to this video, Donor Network West provides great information to help you understand organ and tissue donation, while dispelling common myths.

What organs can be donated?

  • kidneys
  • heart
  • lungs
  • liver
  • pancreas
  • intestine

What tissues can be donated?

  • corneas
  • heart valves
  • skin
  • bone
  • tendons
  • cartilage
  • veins

RELATED: Be a Hero: Register as an Organ Donor

Myth: The doctor won’t try to save me life if I’m a registered donor.
Fact: Your life is ALWAYS first.

Myth: I’m too old to register as an organ donor.
Fact: Anyone can register to be an organ and tissue donor.

Myth: I don’t want to be a donor because of the medical expenses my family will have to pay.
Fact: There is no cost to your family.

Myth: I can only register as an organ donor at the DMV; it will take too long to register.
Fact: Registering as an organ donor has never been so easy. You can register at the DMV, online, or even on your iPhone via the Health App.

South Meadows Medical Center

Renown South Meadows is one of the highest rated hospitals in northern Nevada and your go-to place for any injury or illness in south Reno and beyond. The ICU at Renown South Meadows Medical Center has eight private rooms and provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care for the adult critically ill patient. This location also has an emergency room, lab services, radiology and more. 
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