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Organ Donation Back Under The Spotlight

Last updated on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

(UNDATED) - Discussions of organ donation and end-of-life planning are coming up again as a result of the Indiana State Fair disaster.

24-year-old Meagan Toothman died Monday afternoon but not before doctors kept her on life support in order to harvest her organs for donation. She is the seventh person to die following the stage collapse at the State Fair.

Sam Davis, Director of the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, says end-of-life conversations aren't popular among Americans. Davis says from his conversations with families, talking about end-of-life procedures makes it easier for the family because it's one less thing for the family to think or worry about.

Davis says having the organ donation heart on your driver's license makes it even easier for families.

Davis says the priority in these cases is to make sure that every attempt to save a life has been made.

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