During a dinner conversation between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, he came up with the idea of allowing people to note whether they are an organ donor on their Timeline. Right now there is a critical shortage of organs for patients that are in need of life-saving transplants. Zuckerberg’s friendship with the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs inspired him to integrate this feature into Facebook. Jobs’ life was extended several years after a liver transplant.
?Facebook is really about communicating and telling stories? We think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends. And that can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that?s out there,? stated Zuckerberg in an interview with ABC?s Robin Roberts.
Users in the UK and in the US will be able to add that they are organ donors starting today on their Timelines. If they are not organ donors, they can find links to official organ donation registries and enroll.
There are over 112,000 Americans that are awaiting organs and 18 people die every day from the lack of organs according to Donate Life America.
Chan is going to be a pediatrician “so our dinner conversations are often about Facebook and the kids that she?s meeting,? said Zuckerberg. In the interview, Zuckerberg also shared a story that Chan told him. There was one patient that Chan was working with in the pediatric unit. The child’s skin was turning blue because he wasn’t getting the oxygen he needed. The patient needed a heart transplant and he got it. Shortly after, he was back to playing sports again.
To add that you are an organ donor, here is how you set it up:
1. Click Life Event at the top of the Timeline.
2. Select the Health & Wellness section.
3. Select that you are an organ donor.
4. Select the audience (Friends or Public) and hit “Save”