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NORMAN, Okla. — Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national waiting list for an organ transplant.

Wednesday, a Norman woman who received a life-saving transplant spoke about the need for more donors.

Nita French remembers the moment her name was added to the organ donation waiting list.

The mother of four just had her first child and learned her kidneys were failing due to type 1 diabetes.

“You wake up every morning thinking maybe today is the day that somebody is going to help me and I won’t be sick anymore,” French said.

After three years of dialysis, that day came when she received a new kidney and pancreas.

“For the first time, I felt like a new person and it’s amazing to not have to go through dialysis anymore,” French said.

Right now, 925 Oklahomans are waiting for that change.

A number Tammye Green with Life Share said grows every day.

“That’s a very scary number,” Green said.

Looking at how her life has changed, French said she owes everything to her donor.

 “Thank you isn’t enough to say but I would want him to know he saved my life,” she said. “I honor him every day of my life.”

If you want to become an organ donor, you can register by clicking here.