El Paso students learn about organ donation on National Donor Day

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Molly Smith, El Paso Instances
Printed 5:11 p.m. MT Feb. 14, 2020

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Rene Moreno Sr. misplaced his son Rene Jr. to a mind tumor on the age of 18. All of his important organs have been used to save lots of the lives of Texans on the organ donor ready checklist.

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When Rene Moreno Jr. utilized for a driver’s allow at age 16, he was adamant about one factor: He was going to hitch the state organ donor registry.

His dad wasn’t so certain. Being an organ donor was one thing Rene Moreno Sr. had by no means thought of, and he had reservations about it.

However Rene Jr. insisted and his father supported his son’s resolution.

“My son believed in giving second possibilities, so in turning into an organ donor, he knew if something have been to occur, he would be capable of give any person a second probability at life,” the daddy mentioned.

On Friday, he stood earlier than a gaggle of Montwood Excessive College college students comparable in age to his son to encourage them to contemplate becoming a member of the registry.

Friday was Nationwide Donor Day. It additionally was simply over 5 months since his son died unexpectedly of a mind tumor at age 18. He had simply began his senior yr at Bel Air Excessive College.

His son’s important organs saved six lives in Texas, Moreno mentioned. A lung went to a 70-year-old recipient and his coronary heart to a 30-year-old. His tissues and bones have been donated to 50 folks.

“He was a hero,” Moreno mentioned. “He was my hero.”

He added, “I simply hope that the folks he gave this second probability to do not squander the present of life that he gave them.”

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20 die every day ready for organ transplant

Greater than 112,000 folks throughout the US are ready for an organ transplant, mentioned Marissa Walker, supervisor of promoting and communications at Southwest Transplant Alliance. Greater than 10,000 folks on the transplant checklist reside in Texas.

Due to the scarcity of donated organs, a mean of 20 folks on the checklist die every day, Walker mentioned.

Southwest Transplant Alliance routinely offers shows at El Paso excessive faculties to teach college students about organ donation and deal with frequent misconceptions.

“Communities like ours (in El Paso) are those which can be affected as a result of Latinos have hypertension and diabetes,” which may result in organ harm or failure, group relations specialist Karla Martinez mentioned. “We are the ones that want organ transplants.”

She mentioned 42% of individuals on Texas’ transplant ready checklist establish as Latino.

There isn’t a minimal age requirement for donors, however anybody underneath age 18 will need to have a father or mother’s consent when it comes time to donate, Martinez mentioned.

Jinelis De Jesus, 17, determined to change into an organ donor after listening to a donor’s household discuss it her freshman yr. Now a junior, De Jesus helped arrange this yr’s presentation, one among many actions the college has held to boost consciousness of organ donation.

“It all the time hits my coronary heart,” De Jesus mentioned of listening to a donor’s father or mother or sibling discuss how “you can provide life after you go.”

“I’ve bought to do that. I’ve to save lots of somebody,” she mentioned.

These excited by registering can achieve this on-line at donatelifetexas.org/register/

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Molly Smith could also be reached at 915-546-6413; mksmith@elpasotimes.com; @smithmollyk on Twitter.

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