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Organ donations during COVID-19

The organization says if a donor had COVID-19 and have recovered, there may be a potential for donation, but if the virus was active on the time of their passing, they cannot donate their organs.
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:57 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A Texas facility opened its door to help a family during the pandemic and grant them a final wish.

The Texas Organ Sharing Alliance helps many families around Texas every year, despite COVID-19 they continue to share their mission.

Recently, a local family consented to organ donation for their loved one at one Laredo hospital, but due to the ongoing pandemic and impact on ICU beds, this was at jeopardy, and that’s when TOSA stepped in.

In February, the Center for Life in San Antonio opened its doors. The center oversees the recovery of organs, and now with the pandemic they are alleviating a strain on hospitals that need space for patients.

Back in late July, the Laredo patient was transferred to the center.

Since the center opened they have saved 116 lives, and before the center opened last year, they had 207 organ donors and 620 organs transplanted.

Currently, Laredo makes up 55% of those registered to the Donate Life Texas registry. Many on the waiting list are from diverse communities, so they especially encourage different people to donate.

The senior communications coordinator tells us more about the local patient who was transferred.

“This is the first donor, that it’s very special that a family would consent to donation from that area and that we were able to fulfill that desire to that family,” said Clarissa Thompson.

TOSA services central and south Texas and works with more than 120 hospitals. They encourage people to register to donate since only a select few are able to go through the process.

In light of COVID-19, many have asked about the organs of those who died from the virus.

The organization says if a donor had COVID-19 and they’ve recovered, there may be a potential for donation, but if the virus was active on the time of their passing, they cannot donate their organs.

One donor can help up to 75 people, which is why it is so important to be part of this unique gift.

You can register to be a donor at TOSA1.org.

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