In the television show “Nurse Jackie,” the title character (played by Edie Falco) is a married mother of two who is having an affair with the hospital's pharmacologist. Fans suspected it was just to support her oxycodone habit.
So when Jackie forged a document to make a newly deceased patient an organ donor, many viewers saw this as the character's struggle to let her inner goodness win out over, well, her not-so-goodness.
In the real world, at least, that goodness — organ donation — is winning. From 2005 to 2012, the percentage of people who checked the organ donor box on the back of their driver's license went from around 50 percent to 60 percent.
But we can still do more. Currently 121,445 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ. And although 79 people a day do receive a transplant, at least 20 people die waiting.
By donating your organs, you're not saving just a life or many lives, you could be saving someone's quality of life, too. Although internal organs can't be stored, skin, corneas, the middle ear, heart valves, bone, veins, cartilage, tendons and ligaments can.
And they can restore someone's hearing, vision, appearance and mobility. So become a donor at www.organdonor.gov today, and make someone's tomorrow.
Posts by Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.
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