DMV now requires organ donor answer in California

LOS ANGELES - There are approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. who say you are the hours you spend in line at the DMV do not wasting your life - unless you are an organ donor, if you do not.


This month, California requires that all license and identification card applicants to answer "yes" or "no" if they want to wear them license to use the pink dot to identify it as a donor.

The number of Americans who want to donate nearly 100 million, but because death is so little in the state of the transplanted organs, less than 1 percent at the end left to donate.

Transplantation and tissue donors - and more than 100,000 people waiting for organs - in the hope of questions more directly to our driver in the country's most populous country is increasing the level of California are willing to donate. Previously, applicants could simply ignore the question and still have their documents processed.

In California, 28 percent chose the driver to give up vital organs and tissues after death in 2010, well below the national average of 40 percent.

Transplant donor groups began pushing for changes in the DMV application to check on that drivers are far less likely to decide to donate their organs when they apply for permits in person at DMV offices are located.

Online voting will be over 41 percent of the donor renewal applicants, compared with 34 percent of the renewal by mail and 22 percent of license applicants at DMV
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State Senator Elaine Alquist, a Democrat from Santa Clara, this issue last year with a bill that sailed through the legislature are protected. Adjustment is small and not much change for the department - just to force the driver to take seriously the question, said a spokesman for the Department of Motor Vehicles Jaime Garza.

Supporters hope that the number of those who raise them on the office sign with a couple of percentage points, from 25 to 27 percent, a new law, said Bryan Stewart, a spokesman for OneLegacy, Southern California network of suitable donor organs for patients at 215 hospitals and 12 transplant centers.

One reason for lower donation rates in California, the nature of the country itself, where a diverse population, and while people will feel less of their neighbors, are said Stewart. Alaska and Montana, which is not to attract outsiders to the same level, the organ donation rate of 76 percent for adult drivers, he said.

Countries that have the highest number of donors is "a land where people lived there by choice and their families for several generations there is a large number of people speak English and understand the questions asked, and you're with a general feeling of voluntariness to do, "Stewart said.

Focus on the DMV is the key to the transplant donor, while various registers to register for organ donation through health fairs and online, about 98 percent of all donors in the United States, if a license is requested.

There will always be people who are waiting so hasty, at the DMV that they do not take the time to make the next decision is to be observed weight.

Tyler Padayao recent "no" answers to questions on his California driver's license application, although he has received donations tendon surgically inserted into the knee.

Padayao, 28, said he refused to donate because they had no time to consider thoroughly the question instead.

"To be honest, is what you do, you fill an application first, so I hurried to fill it and in compliance," said Padayao, adding that he make the promise of physical therapy after the DMV. He hopes that his tendon is implanted to help him back and forward for a career in professional volleyball.

Padayao, a Hawaiian native, said California seem more selfish than the people of the island - 42 percent of Hawaii, chose to donate organs.

"California is so me, me, me, me, me all the time," said Padayao. "The people here are very willing to take."

Stewart admitted that the waiting time and hassle of the DMV a weakness, the last, the new law or not. At home you can apply for the renewal of driver issues and make informed decisions.

Meanwhile, demand has exceeded supply for the organ.

Less than 1 percent of the people, the organs after they are finished harvesting, to choose to donate, because the scenario is so little left brain dead, with more oxygen pumped to the organs and tissues to remain alive for the transfer. And leave the manner of death, the transplanted organ in a state - such as major head injury and traffic accidents - declined.

In addition, demand is rising because so many Americans struggling with obesity and obesity-related illnesses, often on the type of complications that require transplantation lead.

Dave Hollon train volunteers to visit DMV offices and staff as they answer questions about organ donation. 51 years is also present at health fairs and public events to OneLegacy and clear to see with the myth - he is the most common false belief that a donor results in low maintenance costs after the accident.

Hollon has gone through two life-saving transplants in the last ten years: he first received a kidney from his brother, and then the pancreas of strangers.

Foreigners is 16 years old Lacey Rodia, the left brain dead in a car accident in February 2006 and was elected to the donor, if the first application for her license. Because she was underage, the parents must still approve Rodia organ donation.

"He showed the maturity and presence of mind beyond her years," Hollon said Lacey. To his parents' them some peace of mind that - given the time of the tragedy - they respect their wishes. "

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