The State of Ohio & Organ Donation
Top 3 Donation Takeaways
- Only 1% of all deaths in the United States happen in a manner where organ donation is a potential.
- Over the age of 18, if someone is registered, it is a legally-binding decision. Next-of-kin can overrule the donation decision of someone registered under the age of 18.
- Doctors do everything they can to save the person before them. Only after death has been declared does the potential for donation come forth.
Ohio Man Waits for a Heart
Jermayne Harris of Columbus has always been active. As a teenager, he ran track and was proud to quarterback his high school football team. However, at 26 years old he contracted a virus that severely damaged his heart. Although he manages a food truck with his father and recently got married, Jermayne’s activities are limited by the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) he’s connected to 24/7 that keeps his heart pumping while he waits for a transplant.
Ohio Heart Recipient Advocates on Capitol Hill
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Encourages Ohioans to Register
Donor parents Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine share this very special message encouraging all Ohioans to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Their daughter Becky was a tissue and cornea donor who healed many through her gifts of donation.