Kudos to California! Largely in part to Apple CEO Steve Job’s lobbying, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill that creates the first living-donor registry for kidney transplants. This new registry will help facilitate living donations, including directed donations, non-directed donations and donations that are a part of transplant chains.
The new law also requires that residents will be asked to join the existing organ/tissue register when renewing licenses at DMV facilities. Currently, residents are not asked to joined the registry and must request to do so. According to the governor, only 25% of Californians are registered donors. Hopefully these changes will increase that number.
In the past, Steve was criticized for using his wealth to be listed on multiple transplant waiting lists in order to increase his chance of receiving a life-saving liver transplant. Now it’s great to see that Steve is working to increase the number of registered donors so others do not have to wait as long for transplants. Looks like we found ourselves an effective advocate! Now if only there was an app for that…
Take a look at the news stories covering the bill’s passing and, as always, share your thoughts below.