Nurses respond to needs as part of national ‘Donate Life’ month

Covenant Health and Lubbock’s LifeGift hosted organ donation signup Monday

Nurses respond to needs as part of national ‘Donate Life’ month

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Katie Bagwell knows what it’s like to care for people. “We take care of people before and after angiograms, people with congestive heart failure, we see that a lot.”

Today, the registered nurse is committing that she’ll continue to help people, even when she dies. “I want my body organs to go to research or someone that needs them.”

She was thinking of others when she signed up, like her family and the people whose lives she will save. “It puts a lot of extra stress on your family, on what to do with your body when you’re no longer able to make decisions for yourself. So I think the most important thing is whether you’ve voiced to donate or not.”

Covenant Nurse Manager Cindy Grissman sees the same stresses in families. “[Some people] don’t have a good prognosis for life and sometimes families struggle with making them a DNR (do not resuscitate) or consider making them an organ donor or helping to save another life with their loved one, but that’s something they have to have a conversation with amongst themselves.”

But perhaps most importantly, they both know organ donation means saving a life. “Sometimes, you maybe see a 19 or 20 year old in a devastating car accident and that person can go on and then that person can go on and save more people. Tragedy can be turned into a positive thing down the road.”

More than 113,000 people in the United States are on waiting lists for organs that could give them a second chance at life.

Every day, 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant.

To sign up in just minutes, visit donatelifetexas.org.

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