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Organ donations help 379 state residents with transplants in ‘10

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 Each day, 15 people die awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.

Right now, there are over 700 people in Kentucky on the recipient waiting list in need of this gift of life.

Bullitt County Circuit Clerk Layne Abell and his staff have worked tirelessly to put an end to this fatal condition.

“We are proud to announce that to date, Bullitt County has added over 20,000 names to Kentucky’s Organ Donor Registry,” said Abell. “Along with the Circuit Court Clerks all over the Commonwealth, I am committed to this mission of saving lives.”

The clerks and their staff are vital to building the donor registry.  They ask each person getting or renewing their license or ID card if they would like to place their name on the Kentucy Organ Donor Registry.

Right now, there are over 1,084,000 Kentuckians on the registry.

In 2010, 379 successful organ transplants were performed in Kentucky. It is estimated that twice as many could have been performed if more people said “yes” to donation.

“We have a cure what ails our neighbors; we just need more people willing to sign up to save them. To date, only 24 percent of Kentuckians with a driver’s license or state ID have placed their name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry,” said Shelley Heavrin, executive director for Trust for Life. “Our circuit court clerks are doing their part and we are grateful for their unwavering commitment to this cause.”

For more information, see your local circuit court clerk or go to www.donatelifeky.org.