16-year-olds can now be organ donors in NY

WHAT TO KNOW ON NATIONAL DONOR DAY

By enacting legislation that lowers that age of donors, NY is following the example of 47 other states in opens the state organ donor registry to younger adults in the hopes of increasing enrollment rates. "With this action, we are taking one more step toward a stronger, healthier NY for all".

If a minor dies before they turn 18, their parents or legal guardians have the option to rescind the decision.

Starting Tuesday, 16 and 17-year-olds can enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry.

NY has the nation's lowest percentage of registered organ donors, and waiting lists for some organs, such as kidneys, can stretch years.

Twenty-five hundred Albertans register every week to become organ and tissue donors, with one donor potentially saving up to eight lives.

A new law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to register for organ, eye and tissue donation in NY takes effect Tuesday. "This law helps turn tragedy into newfound hope for those needing a donation and I encourage all New Yorkers to take action, and get registered today". The goal is to increase registry enrollment rates.

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