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Editorial: N.M. Hearts in Right Place

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Here’s a list New Mexico can be proud to almost top: the one where its licensed drivers have outpaced all but five other states in registering to save/improve the lives of others.

The state has been recognized as sixth in the nation for its efforts in 2010 to get driver’s license applicants to register as organ and tissue donors. Fifty-seven percent of drivers put that donor heart on their license, and by doing so showed the depth of their own hearts.

More than 100,000 people need an organ transplant right now, according to New Mexico Donor Services, and 1 million people will need a tissue transplant this year. Just one donor can save the lives of up to nine recipients with organ donation and improve the lives of more than 50 recipients with tissue donation.

Yes, there’s still room for improvement; Alaska topped the rankings at 76.7 percent. But New Mexicans should take pride in the fact that a majority of their new/renewed drivers are willing to donate life.

Go to www.nmdonor.org for more information and to register online.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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