Organ donor event aims to make the Guinness world records

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On Monday, April 23, Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) will host an event to be part of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for the most people to sign up as organ donors in eight hours.

The organ donation registration event, "Don't Wait! Donate," will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is timed to celebrate of National Donate Life month and raise awareness about organ donation.

The donor registration event will be supervised by a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® judge as YNHH attempts to beat the previous world record, which was 765 registered donors during an event organized by The Quest for the Gift of Life Foundation at the Springville City Arts Park in Springville, Utah, on August 28, 2010.

Adults interested in signing up at the "Don't Wait! Donate" event should be at least 18 years old and Connecticut residents who are not currently registered organ donors, or residents of another state or country.

There will two registration sites on the Yale medical campus where people can learn about the importance of organ donation and sign up as an organ donor. The locations include the YNHH Atrium lobby at 20 York Street and the Hunter Courtyard at the corner of York and Cedar streets. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the onsite photo booth, and post their picture to Facebook to encourage others to come and sign up that day.

The need has never been greater

"The urgent need for registered organ donors has never been greater, as the current and growing demand exceeds the supply to help saves lives," said Sukru Emre, MD, director, Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center. "We hope this event will spotlight the critical need for more registered organ donors and be part of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® with a record-breaking number of people signing up that day."

There are more than 110,000 men, women and children in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant. More than 3,400 of these individuals live in the New England region. Every 12 minutes another name is added to the national waiting list and each day 18 people die while waiting for a transplant.

According to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there were 28,535 organ transplants in 2011 but only 14,145 donors - meaning that individual donors often saved multiple lives. In Connecticut, only 35 percent of licensed drivers are registered as organ and tissue donors.


This Article was submitted by Mark Santore, on Monday, December 16, 2013.
Source: Yale Medical Group