Not too long ago my son’s iPhone had an issue with the power button and we had to visit Apple to have the phone checked out.
I know… you’re wondering, "What does a broken iPhone have to do with organ donation?" Well, besides the fact that you can't register to be an organ donor using a broken iPhone, two words - demand and confusion.
It doesn’t seem to matter what time or what day you walk into an Apple store… it always seems to be packed. Their products - especially with the new iPhone 6 - are increasingly high in demand, according to this New York Times article.
There are over 120,000 people on the waiting list. To date, there are 123,495 (and counting) people waiting on an organ transplant. That's not as high as the record breaking sales of 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (thankfully), but it is a high demand that comes at a much higher price. So high, in fact, that there are 18 people per day (on average) who will die waiting for an organ. There is a definite demand to speed up the process, and if you personally know anyone who’s waiting that demand feels even higher.
Sometimes the Apple store can be overwhelming and confusing. Who can help me fix my broken iPhone? Was I supposed to make an appointment for this? Where do I go? There is a definite process and flow to their retail plan, but it can be confusing to figure out if you’re new to the whole thing.
The same can be true with organ donation. What’s the process when someone needs an organ transplant? What’s an OPO? Who do I talk to to learn more about my options? Why are so many people on the waiting list? Why are less than 50% of adults in the United States registered?
Making it Happen
Once my son and I got to the Genius Bar, we had answers. Once we went through some diagnostics of his iPhone, we had next steps.
When it comes to organ donation, we want to help provide answers for those questions and provide next steps for wherever you are in the process. That's why we publish articles on the Outlive Yourself Blog and have the Helpful Resources page.
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