Proposal: All New Yorkers Become Organ Donors

New York may soon mandate organ donations

Kirstin Cole
CBS News, New York
4/29/2010

Many patients in need of an organ transplant but stuck on a waiting list are taking a more direct approach, and turning to the Internet, to make personal appeals to the donors they desperately need.

Organ donation has become a vital way to save lives around the world, but a vast shortage of donors continues to mean people are losing their lives while on waiting lists.

But there is a unique proposal that could change all that.

New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky nearly lost his daughter, Willie, at 4 years old when she needed a kidney transplant, and again 10 years later when her second kidney failed.

“We have 10,000 New Yorkers on the list today waiting for organs. We import half the organs we transplant. It is an unacceptable failed system,” Brodsky said.

To fix that, Brodsky introduced a new bill in Albany that would enroll all New Yorkers as an organ donor, unless they actually opt out of organ donation. It would be the first law of its kind in the United States.

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