Flowood, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) reached a milestone earlier this month by completing its 2000th tissue donor. Federally designated as Mississippi's Organ Procurement Organization in 1994, MORA began tissue recovery services in 2000. Since that time, MORA's Tissue Services team has recovered an estimated 50,000+ tissue graphs from the 2,000 tissue donors. These graphs have been used in surgical procedures to help save and improve lives in Mississippi and across the country.
"This is a milestone for our team and agency, and it can be attributed in large part to the commitment the people of Mississippi have to improving and saving lives through the act of donation," said Brad Mathis, the Director of Tissue Services for MORA. "Mississippi's commitment to improving and saving lives through donation can also be verified by the fact that MORA is on pace to establish a record number of tissue recoveries in 2014."
"With the collaborative support of our hospital partners, we have been able to give more families the option of donation when possible," said Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA. "Collaborative partnerships are the key to improving and saving lives and reaching milestones such as this," added Stump.
The MORA Tissue Services team has often been recognized as one of the top performing recovery teams throughout the industry.
At present, more than 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 18 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org.