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Posted on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

Washtenaw County has second-highest number of registered organ donors in Southeast Michigan

By Amy Biolchini

Editor's note: The graphic's cutline has been corrected.

Washtenaw County has the second-highest percentage of registered organ and tissue donors in Southeast Michigan, according to media reports.


Washtenaw County has the second-highest percentage of organ donors in Southeast Michigan.

Courtesy of Gift of Life Michigan

About 46 percent of Washtenaw County residents are registered organ and tissue donors, according to Gift of Life Michigan.

The county falls in second place to Lenawee County, WEMU reported. In Lenawee County 56 percent of the residents are registered donors,

Statewide, Washtenaw County does not rank as highly when compared to the registration rates of other counties.

The Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds Office has added a page to its website explaining organ donation and linking to the Gift of Life Michigan homepage where people can register to become donors.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.


Dog Guy

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 12:08 a.m.

You casually registered as an organ donor. Whatcha gonna do when you answer your door to an Obamacare team there to confiscate your organs?

Usual Suspect

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 3:33 a.m.

Challenge him to a basketball game. He'll lose, no matter how bad you are at the game.

Alan Goldsmith

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 12:04 a.m.

So Lenawee County beat Washtenaw County? Goodness.. Why is that? And how many other counties across the state beat us?

Usual Suspect

Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 1:39 a.m.

It has a lot to do with how hard each individual SOS office works to inform about and encourage registering as a donor. Some go all out, some do only the minimum they are required to do.

Lake Trout

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 5:20 p.m.

Because they have very strong advocates in Lenawee County. I know someone personally that had a family member pass away very young and donated organs that saved 2 other lives. They understand what it means to donate and actively promote this program.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 9:31 p.m.

That's great but you should tell the readers that just putting it on your driver's license is not enough. You need to tell your next of kin about your wishes because organ banks will not generally take an organ donation unless your next of kin gives permission, even if your drivers license says you are an organ donor. When you die, it is your next of kin who has the legal right to decide what happens with your body.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 3:32 a.m.

Not any more. Michigan is now "First person consent," which means one's decision cannot be overturned by next-of-kin.

Bill Sloan

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 9:03 p.m.

I do not usually bother remarking on minor language/proof reading issues, but this one is just too glaring. The caption under the map says, "Washtenaw county has the second highest percentage of organ donors in Washtenaw County." One would think that the County has the highest when compared to itself.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 8:54 p.m.

That is fabulous!

Giacomo Senna

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 8:04 p.m.

The headline references the "number" but the lede says percentage - which is correct?