For more than 20 years, Nevada Donor Network president and chief executive officer Joe Ferreira’s job has been filled with sorrow and joy. He has sat with grieving families that have lost loved ones, and seen their pain transform into purpose as the organs and tissue of their beloved family members save the lives of others.
He also has witnessed hope turn into a second chance for recipients who are the fortunate recipients of the organs, eyes or tissue from a donor.
The incredible team at Nevada Donor Network understands the sacred mission with which they have been entrusted, ensuring donors and their families understand how precious and heroic a gift they are giving. One person can save multiple lives.
Sadly, 115,000 men, women and children are waiting for a lifesaving transplant in the U.S., with another name added to the list every 10 minutes.
Many misconceptions and myths exist concerning organ donation. At Nevada Donor Network, you are urged to educate yourself and register by going to registerme.org. There you will learn the facts, and more about the process. Here are a few examples:
MYTH: If doctors know I’m a registered organ, eye and tissue donor they won’t work as hard to save me.
FACT: Your life always comes first. If you are sick or injured and taken to a hospital, the doctors’ and nurses’ first priority is always to save your life. Donation is only considered after death has been declared.
MYTH: I registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor, but my family doesn’t need to know.
FACT: Even if you are a registered donor, it is essential that your family know your wishes. Your family may be asked to sign a consent form in order for donation to occur.
Let your family members know your wishes. Organ, eye and tissue donation is the noblest of gifts.