Jaqueline Saldana Shares the Importance of Organ and Tissue Donation for the Hispanic Community

Jaqueline Saldana, Critical Care Nurse, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Mount Sinai Hospital

“Organ and tissue donation is truly a magical experience. Just one person can save and enhance several lives. Donation can even help some families through the grieving process, knowing that their loved one continues to live on through others.

Unfortunately, organ donation is not as simple as some may think. Many patients die every day waiting for an organ. It can become a complex process trying to find the recipient and appropriate donor match. Therefore, it is important that many people are informed about the benefits of organ and tissue donation so that there is a greater pool of potential donors. The more donors, the more lives that can be saved. Just like there are many patients who die waiting for an organ, there are patients who die with healthy organs that could have been donated to those hoping for a second chance to live.

Due to the health disparities that exist in the Hispanic population, Hispanics are at high risk for many chronic conditions, which can result in the need for an organ transplant. I can’t stress enough how critical it is for the Hispanic population to understand the importance of organ and tissue donation. They also need to know and understand that donation is a harmless process. As critical care nurse in the intensive care unit who has taken care of many terminal Gift of Hope donors, I can attest that no pain or harm is ever inflicted on the donor. The donor passes away with respect and dignity surrounded by his/her loving family members. Donation can even help some families through the grieving process, knowing that their loved one continues to live on through others. Organ donation is truly a magical experience. Just one person can save several lives.”

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