Howard M. Nathan: Survey Highlights Serious Gap Between Support for Organ Donation and Donor Registrations

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The holidays are here and Pennsylvanians are embracing a renewed sense of giving. However, a recent survey found that many people are reluctant to think about the greatest gift of all: the gift of life.

Donate Life PA commissioned a poll to understand the hesitation about organ donation. We asked 400 Pennsylvania adults who are currently not registered organ donors: “If you were sick or injured and needed an organ or tissue transplant, would you accept the donation?”

Eighty-two percent of people not registered as donors said they would accept an organ transplant if they were sick or injured and needed one.

Yet, despite the willingness of survey participants to receive a donation, only 46 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians are registered as organ and tissue donors.

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