Organ donors needed
Sep 20, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Betty Ligenfelter
Betty Ligenfelter
Betty Ligenfelter knows first hand how organ donation can save a life. Eight years ago she received the liver of a young man who lost his life in an automobile accident.

Ligenfelter now works to spread the word for the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Circuit Court Trust for Life, raising awareness for the need for organ and tissue donors.

“On August 4 of this year, I turned eight. Each of you have the power to give someone the most precious gift of all, the gift of life,” she told an audience at last Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting. “It’s about living and it is about life. It is about giving someone what I was given, a second chance.”

Ligenfelter thanked the anonymous organ donor and his family for allowing his organs to be transplanted into patients who needed them to live.

As of September 10, Ligenfelter said that 99,372 people were on a waiting list for an organ transplant.

Enrolling as an organ donor was a simple process, according to Ligenfelter. Selecting yes when applying for a driver’s license would enter a person into the organ donor database. To enroll after, an individual need only sign his or her driver’s license in the presence of two witnesses.

“All major religions believe in organ transplantation,” according to Ligenfelter. “The Bible says that the first organ donor was Adam, who donated a rib. When you die, there isn’t a thing you can do with your body. Why not save someone else’s life?”

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