Richmond, VA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)-February 21, 2003–Recent events involving 17-year-old Jesica Santillan, who yesterday received a second, critically needed heart/lung transplant, have raised interest and questions from the Hispanic community about organ and tissue donation.
In response to that, the Coalition on Donation is asking the media’s help in educating the Hispanic community about organ and tissue donation and where they can turn for accurate information.
More than 11,000 Hispanics in the United States are currently awaiting an organ transplant. The wait for all people can be long. Jesica waited three years before her transplant, some wait even longer.
“Jesica was very fortunate to find a compatible donor and receive a transplant,” said David Fleming, executive director of the Coalition on Donation. “Many children like Jesica continue to wait or die because there are not enough organ donors.”
On average, 17 people die each day in the United States while waiting for an organ transplant.
Research performed by the Coalition on Donation found that misinformation and myths about donation result in many people saying no to donation. That is tragic since one organ and tissue donor can save or improve the lives of more than 50 people.
“We want the Hispanic community to get accurate information about donation and base their decision to be a donor on the facts,” said Karen Garcia, chair of the Coalition’s Hispanic Campaign Committee.
The Coalition on Donation provides Spanish-language information about organ and tissue donation on their website, http://www.donevida.org, or via a toll-free number 1-800-485-VIDA (8432).
The Coalition on Donation is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and local coalitions across the U.S., dedicated to inspiring all people to donate life through organ and tissue donation.
Bob Spieldenner; 804-782-4863