April is National Donate Life Month and Missourians are being urged to learn more about the benefits provided by organ donations – and to consider joining Missouri’s Organ Donor Registry . Registry Coordinator Tammy Carrier with the State Health Department says 2.36-million Missourians now have their names on the list, which was begun in 1996. And she says there are several ways to join, including online registration.
While being on the Registry is an important part of making known a person’s wishes, it is not all that is needed under Missouri law. The family of the deceased will have the final say as to whether organs or tissues can be removed from a body, so state health officials are encouraging would-be donors to discuss their wishes with family members.