WKYT Interactive | Which counties have the highest percentage of organ donors?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky county where the inspiration for the state's organ donor registry originated remains the place with the most success in getting people to sign up.


In Clark County, 91.1 percent of citizens are registered to be donors, according to January 2018 statistics from Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. The Clark County number far exceeds the statewide average of 55.6 percent.

In 1992, Clark County Circuit Clerk Arthur "Whitey" Walson started the effort to create Kentucky's statewide registry program after a cousin died waiting for a heart transplant. Legislation passed in 2006 set up the statewide registry.

Joining Clark County on the list of counties with highest percentage of registered citizens are Oldham, Boone, Woodford, Kenton, Union, Scott, Ballard and Marshall counties.

With just 12 percent of citizens registered to be organ donors, Letcher County ranked as the county at the bottom of the list.

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