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Gift of Hope: Utahns saving lives one organ donation at a time

Gift of Hope: Utahns saving lives one organ donation at a time
Posted at 9:38 PM, Nov 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-05 23:38:57-05

Fox 13 News is partnering again with Intermountain Organ Services to encourage you to save lives by becoming an organ donor in our Thursday night series called Gift of Hope.

Alex McDonald with Intermountain Donor Services joined Hope Woodside in studio to explain how those stories of Uthans’ journeys through organ donation propelled you to say “yes” to organ donation.

“We have something called a ‘consent rate.’ When we talk to families in the hospital in time of death, people, 100 percent of people who could be donors, became donors,” McDonald said. “That's amazing, the impact, those conversations resonate with families. They remember their loved ones saying, ‘That was a cool story. If anything happens to me, I'd love to be a donor.’”

Fox 13’s hope is to dispel the fear or myths about organ donation and start a conversation with your family about your wishes.

Just one person can save seven lives.

For the next six weeks, Hope Woodside will bring you stories of organ donation in our Gift of Hope series.

Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. on Fox 13 News.