Have a Heart, Give a Heart – Glad You Asked


A Reader asks:


The recent plane crash in Lake Michigan revealed that a lung donated in Wisconsin was being transported to Michigan.  For several years, Wisconsin built up its organ donor program by emphasizing that Wisconsin residents would be given first priority for organs donated by Wisconsin residents.  Has that situation changed?  If so, how? 




Great question, Gwen and thanks for asking! As I have recently started watching the new show Heartland – organ donation has been on my mind as well and I find the topic very interesting.


To research your questions I called The Wisconsin Donor Network and spoke with a very helpful woman, Colleen.  In short – her answer was “No, that procedure has not changed.”


She further explained that when a donor becomes available and organs are viable for transplant, the first places they check for recipients are St. Luke’s in Milwaukee and Froedtert and Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.  If there are no eligible recipients at those locations the search goes on to UW-Madison and then regionally (Michigan, Illinois, etc.). Then, if there are still no candidates, a  national search begins.


So, organ transplant speaking, we can certainly say that Wisconsin does it’s best to serve their own first. Not only do we have each other’s backs – but our hearts, lungs and livers as well!!


On a personal note – I urge everyone to become a donor…it could be the best thing you ever do!! Have a heart – give a heart J 


About Heather Rayne

I am a mom, wife, writer, volunteer, eater of food, lover of animals and avid TV enthusiast. I am opinionated, honest, compassionate and sensitive. I can also be difficult, hard headed and emotional. I consider myself to have a great sense of humor and am very attracted to that in others. I am striving to live an authentic life. I am attempting to learn how to find happiness in the now. I always have hope to be a better person. That being said - I can be vulgar, negative and even a little bitchy at times. I say what I mean and my filter is often dysfunctional. With me, what you see is what you get. I have strong opinions and am quick to speak my mind. This can cause problems from time to time but I do not ever intend to hurt or offend anyone. With that - be warned. I do hope you enjoy my site. Thanks for visiting and have a swell day.

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