Justin Wilson’s family has confirmed that they decided to donate his organs, saving the lives of up to six people who were waiting on the United States organ transplant waiting list.
Wilson died from head injuries following his freak accident in last weekend’s Pocono 500 in Pennsylvania, when he was struck in the helmet by flying debris.
The 37-year-old’s kidneys, heart, lungs, liver and corneas were donated with the family’s consent, a fitting gesture to honour his legacy and support the more than 120,000 people currently on the transplant waiting list in the United States.
His younger brother and fellow racing driver Stefan Wilson announced the news on Twitter:
— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
While organ donation rates have steadily improved in the United States, there are just 30,000 transplant operations performed each year which mean that some 6,000 people a year die while on the transplant waiting list.
In the United States today, organ donation is done only with consent of the family or donor themselves. One easy way is to register you wish to donate your organs at the US Department of Health website.
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