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Kentucky Department Of Health To Launch Electronic Organ Donor Registry

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Organ Donor Registry

Kentucky Department for Public Health announced the creation of a new electronic state organ donor registry, which available through the Circuit Court Clerks' offices.

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Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky General Assembly strongly supported the new registry, which will provide an electronic database of everyone in Kentucky who has indicated his or her wish to become an organ donor. The registry is designed to improve the speed of identifying possible organ donors.

"Sadly, far too many Kentuckians are on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant that could potentially save their lives," said Governor Fletcher. "As governor and as a physician, I am keenly aware of how important organ donation is to a brighter, healthier future for Kentuckians. That's why I feel that creating a state organ donor registry is so important."

By law, organ donation is the right of every American age 18 and older. Physicians and hospitals are legally obligated to identify potential donors and to inform families of their right to donate. It's important that those who sign the back of their driver's license indicating their wish to be an organ donor make their intentions known to their families and loved ones to prevent confusion at the time of their death.

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