A new bill could lower the required age to sign up as an organ donor in New York state

08.18.16 | Sarah Harnisch

If passed, it would lower the age from 18 to 16 and could save thousands of lives.

New York has the lowest number of registered organ donors in the country.

One mother in Buffalo has a daughter that needed a colon transplant at 5 weeks old. Because of it, her baby survived.

Experts says just in western New York, 650 people are waiting for an organ. Statewide, the wait list is 10,000, which makes up almost 10% of the entire national list.

Part of the reason the wait list is so long is because the paperwork to receive an organ is so tedious. The New York State Alliance for donation is poised to take that over and make it user friendly.