Letters to the Editor

Register your intent to donate vital organs

In the past, due to the lack of a registration system, organs that could have been used for transplants were lost.

Now that we have a system to register organ donors, we can avoid the tragic loss of organs that could extend the life of one or several people. There is a very short window, 48 to 70 hours, to ensure a viable donation. Not getting permission from a family member in time can result in the loss of vital organs.

When you register to be a donor, no other permission is required to harvest the organs. Since 2009, South Carolina has had a registration system. It is free and simple. Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles office or me at 843-341-7670.

Register soon and become an effective donor.

George H. Rowan Hilton Head Island