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Rutherford Regional is a part of LifeShare of the Carolinas, a nonprofit organ procurement organization serving southwestern North Carolina. This organization seeks to improve the quality of human life by providing organs and tissues for transplantation. If appropriate, LifeShare of the Carolinas will offer this option to the family of a potential donor.
The decision to become an organ and/or tissue donor is a personal one. Rutherford Regional's practice is to ask the next-of-kin or the "legal substitute decision-maker" for consent to donate organs and tissues at the time death.
The most important step is to make the decision regarding donation and discuss that decision with your family.
By telling your family of your decision you give them the opportunity to fulfill your wishes. Being aware of your intent also makes it easier for your family to consent on your behalf. Families who overlook their loved one's wish to donate later often express regret that donation did not take place. They have to know what you want to do if they are ever asked about donation of organs and tissues. You then make a decision and do one of the following: (1) Place a heart on your driver's license at the DMV or (2) Sign and carry a donor card.
Donated organs are a precious gift. The United Network for Organ Sharing works to ensure donated organs saves as many lives as possible. You have the power to donate life by becoming an organ and tissue donor. For more information, visit the United Network for Organ Sharing website at: http://www.unos.org.