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Should Organ Donation Be Mandatory?

Updated on December 4, 2012

Public awareness and opinion play an important role in increasing organ donation. In most countries, people of all ages may be organ and tissue donors. Spain and Italy are the countries that experienced the biggest donation increases in recent years. In order to encourage organ donation they started public awareness campaigns, hired more transplant coordinators, installed 24-hour organ retrieval teams at hospitals. They also improved training for doctors who talk to grieving families.

The main problem in the area of transplantation lies in the fact that the demand for organs still greatly surpasses the number of donors. For example, the demand for kidneys is highly bold all over the world – healthy humans have two kidneys, which enables living donors to give one .The most common transplants are to close relatives, sometimes to friends and rarely to a stranger. Searching for donors via the internet has also become a way to find life saving organs. A shocking scandal happened in September 1999: eBay blocked an auction for “one functional human kidney” – the highest bid was $5.7 million and it had to dismiss the auction for the selling of human organs according to US federal laws (possible punishment up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine).

Organ Donation Attitudes questionnaire: What do YOU THINK?

1) Should organ trade be legalized?

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There are different bioethical issues on organ donation open for a debate. Some bioethicists disagree on the moral status of organ donation. Most religions accept organ donation or the individual right for people to make their own decision. The Roman Catholic Church is in favor of organ donation as act of charity and as a means of saving a life.

2) Is it necessary to get the family’s permission for organ donation, if a deceased person documented the want to be an organ donor?

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3) Should the organs be removed even if the family objects to donation, assuming the deceased person documented the want to be an organ donor?

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The horror of black market organ donation

Unfortunately, the shortage of transplantation organs to save lives, led to  "black market organ donation" often referred to as transplant tourism. The low morality of the black market is concerned with ends rather than the means. There is an obvious imbalance in the organ trade: those who donate organs are often impoverished and those who receive organs are usually well-being. The darkest side of the black market for organs is a number of cases of organ theft including murder for the purposes of organ supply – some of the rich people aren't patient to wait on the list and criminals can't wait to earn ''really good money'' by ''purchase'' and deliver. The black market flows in one direction, from the Third World to the First. The reward value and lack of regulations in Asia and Africa make victims out of healthy individuals to scavenging organ merchants. The opportunity of gaining considerable capital for organs leads to human rights' violations. Chinese judicial officials execute prisoners on account of the black market value of their body parts.

4) Would a cash payment to your estate, paying for your funeral expenses, or a charitable contribution in your name make a difference in deciding whether to donate your own organs at time of death?

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5) Must organ donation be made compulsory?

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Organ Donation Facts and Figures

The first kidney transplantation was done in 1957, lung in 1993 and heart in 1967. Approximately 70,000 organ transplants are performed worldwide annually. Some sources claim that a single kidney has a black market price of  $20,000 and some claim the price is up to 100,000 dollars (in the United States). Prices in Argentina run from $7,000 for a cornea transplant (transparent front part of the eye)  up to $80,000 for a liver transplant. Trying to keep up with the demand, Israel and India perform kidney transplants at a rate of $10,000 to $30,000 in United States dollars  ($500 to $2,000 of the funds go to the organ "donor"). Some countries have proposed legalizing the sale of some organs for money (like Iran).

A survey by Spanish researchers has shown that 78% of 200 families who declined to have their relatives' organs donated, changed their minds after the process was explained in detail.

6) Are you afraid of donating organs even if it's after death?

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Political point of view: organ donation systems

  • ''opt-out'' organ donation systems adopted by many countries, also known as ''presumed consent'' systems or "dissent solution," in which citizens are considered organ donors upon their death unless they have explicitly stated otherwise. This means that doctors are allowed to assume that the organs of a deceased patient can be used for transplant unless the patient or his family have made a contrary request. A potential donor or his/her relatives must take specific action to be excluded from organ donation, rather than specific action to be included.
  • ''opt-in'' system, in which people are organ donors only if they explicitly sign up to do so.

Organ donation situation and regulations in some of the major countries

Organ donation in the United States is based on the principle of ''informed consent ''(a patient or client knows all of the risks and costs involved in a treatment and must be competent, the consent should be given voluntarily). Federal law lays down the policies and each state has its own Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. This provides for a donor card (signed by a person over 18 years of age and witnessed by two other adults) which is often part of the state's driver's licence (permitting the removal of organs after death). In some states, with laws stating the consent of the potential donor as insufficient, families are asked to consent. Estimates show that 99,000 Americans need organ donations, and 85,000 Americans have died since 1995 while waiting.

In Canada, the donor rate is about 15 per million people.

U.S. and European laws ban the sale of human organs. Most tissue for transplant is taken fresh from the bodies of the newly deceased. Live donors mostly give to save the life of a relative or friend. Sweden has an “opt-out” system and a relatively low rate of donation in comparison with other developed countries. The United States has one of the highest rates.

Spain has the highest recorded donor rate in the world: 35.1 donors per million population (donations increase by 142% since 1989),  the highest donation rate in Europe (34 donors per million people) and  almost 3 times the UK rate of 13 per million. Because of the achieved results, organizational measures of the Spanish Model have been recommended by the World Health Organization but Spain still can't meet the demand, as 10% die while still on the transplant list. 

Many European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Spain and Sweden) have laws similar to Singapore's "presumed consent" legislation but in most of them family consent is also sought. In Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, individuals must make a conscious decision to donate organs after death and indicate their willingness to do so ("informed consent"). The donation rate in France is 20 and  12.2 in Germany. Every day almost 10 people die in Europe while waiting for an organ. In 2007, there were around 40,000 patients in Europe on waiting lists for an organ transplant. Most recent studies show that 81% of European citizens support the use of an organ donor card, but only 12% of Europeans currently have one.

Brazil is one of the countries with the worst situation. It passed a law in 1998 mandating presumed consent (making every citizen a potential donor) but this was abolished in 2000. The organ trade is illegal, moreover, parents and kids in Brazil live a very sad and stressful reality –  kidnapping children from the streets and stealing their organs have become really common.

Poverty and unemployment in Moldova are considered the reasons for which every eighth Moldavian transplants organs, therefore, organ prices are really cheap which makes the illegal trade worse. For example, the price for a kidney in Moldova is not more than 2,000 dollars,(in Western countries it’s up to 100,000 dollars).

According to the Japan Organ Transplant Network, Japan legalized organ transplants from brain-dead donors in 1997. In Japan, both the potential donor and the family must give consent (the family has the right to withdraw consent at any time). The donor card must be signed by the potential donor and two witnesses, including a close relative. In this country, the law prevents children from donating organs (there is a great reluctance to donate organs rooted in Shinto and Buddhist attitudes towards death).

Besides Brazil, China is one of the countries with the worst situation. It has taken serious steps in order to eliminate the illegal trade of human organs. Hospitals and clinics are banned from taking organs without written consent from the donor (the donor is entitled to withdraw his/her decision at any time) and they are requested to submit operation documents to the institute's transplant ethnic committee for approval. The source of the harvested organ has to be of clear origin and verified as a suitable match for the recipient. It is estimated that two million Chinese people are on waiting lists for transplants each year, but only 20,000 are operated because of the shortage of organs (this has resulted in an illegal organ trade).

It's considered that countries can  encourage organ donation by:

  • creating markets for organs,
  • making all citizens organ donors by introducing ''opt-out'' system,
  • by health care infrastructure investments.

Interesting findings about organ donation

  • Spanish physicians in Spain may have outraged some UK tabloids. Megan Jones (2), died of natural causes related to a viral infection during a family holiday in Spain. Her parents agreed for the removal of her liver and kidneys for transplant purposes. However, when her body was returned to the UK, other organs were found to be missing. According to Spanish laws, physicians are allowed to remove organs without permission during the postmortem process.
  • United Network for Organ Sharing is the organization that coordinates available organs with recipients. It doesn't  factor a patient’s prison status when determining suitability for a transplant (since prisoners are equally eligible for organ transplants along with the general population in the United States). The overall costs of an organ transplant for a prisoner can rise up to one million dollars and therefore, a state would allow compassionate early release to avoid high costs. Someone else would probably die waiting for the next available organ so, as a response to this ethical dilemma, felons with a history of violent crime (violation of others’ basic rights) have lost the right to receive an organ transplant. A proposal to shorten prisoners’ sentences in exchange for bone marrow and kidney transplants comes from South Carolina but the idea is strongly criticized by physicians and ethicists.
  • People committing suicide have a higher rate of donating organs than average.
  • Alex Koehne was a 15-year-old dying of bacterial meningitis, whose parents donated his organs to ill transplant recipients. But, Alex didn't die of bacterial meningitis, but rather a rare form of lymphoma (a blood cancer which annually affects fewer than 1,500 patients in the U.S.) found on his autopsy. Unfortunately, it spread to the organ recipients –two of the recipients have died, and two others had the donor kidneys removed and are getting cancer treatment. The state Health Department found that no one was to blame. According to experts, the possibility of getting cancer from an organ donor is extremely rare: (64 cases in a national study of 230,000 cases – the United Network for Organ Sharing).
  • Hiroki Ando, 11-year-old, was denied a heart transplant in Japan in June 2009. Japan prohibits organ transplants involving children so, the boy had to travel to the U.S. to await a heart.

If you are interested in organ donation issue watch this film: Inhale - Run for her life

The current system in most of the world produced a severe shortage of organs with one person dying on the transplant list every day. Proposals to change the organ procurement systems to ''presumed consent'' in the United States and Great Britain have frequently provoked ethical objections.

Make your contribution by participating in this questionnaire about attitudes on organ donation (go back to the top)!


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      7 years ago

      I sometimes think that cost does not always justify the reason to do something. We also fail miserably at differing cost and prevention. If you knew half of the reasons we are dying in this country and promote death rather then prevent it, we call that a business. The last thing I will be giving away free is my dead body.

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub. Everyone in my family is or was on the organ donor list. My mother was only able to donate a certain part of her eyes, after she died. But now, someone can see. My father died in an accident and was not able to donate. I am not able to donate, because I have epilepsy and take so much medication that my kidney's are starting to fail. Slowly, but they are. So is my liver. My eye sight is good. Maybe I can donate that.

      I honestly believe that when you die, you don't need that part of your body anymore. If you can help someone else live, that is wonderful.

      I have a friend, whose kidney's failed. We had a high school reunion this year. He just receive a kidney. Isn't that amazing? Now his children are not going to have to say " goodbye" to their father

      But, when if comes to being forced. Well, I don't think people should be forced. That just feels wrong. Don't know why, it just does.

      Thanks for letting me comment.

    • pramodgokhale profile image


      7 years ago from Pune( India)

      This article is really thought provoking and useful for general awareness among communities and importance of organ donation.

      I am an Indian , now many NGOs and social groups have begun movement

      and written consent and documentation on mass scale is going on. Hospitals and experienced doctors are performing transplantation successfully and even neighboring countries patients are coming to India.

      Recently my relative ,niece donated her kidney to her ailing young son who was on dialysis for year and finally successful transplantation has new life to him and great sacrifice of mother for her child's future.

      Earlier in India people were giving eye donation consent after death but now organ donation and successes of medical science in this filed made donors more confident to donate organs when results assured.

      In India poor people for want of money donates organs such as kidney, being cheated also, surrogacy motherhood has become business and developed nations women are coming to India and paid people for child.

      If someone sells his organ , by declaration and consent of both donor and user , donor should be paid for his survival.

      In future blood donation, eye donation and organ donation will become a part of life as it is necessary to save life who needs.Organ should not be trad able item but donor can be rewarded for his future .

      Long back in Mumbai one top businessman donated his one eye to one blind person and his eyesight was restored and began new life, great sacrifice!!

      thank you


    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi, zzupan! Very happy to have seen this comment - fellow countryman! Going to Croatia the day after tomorrow, my friend is getting married. I didn't know that our land is doing so good when it comes to organ donors, that's great news! Hvala na komentaru :)

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      8 years ago

      Please, you forgot to mentioned some results of organ procurement rate from Croatia, Europe. Croatian donor rate per million population for 2012 was 34,00 donor pmp, the best result in the world (we are member of the Eurotransplant from May 2007). Additionally, we have a very high donor rate last years also (near 34 pmp), and we reduced waiting list for transplantations for more than 60% in the last three years at a high level of donor rate (more than 28 pmp). Greetings from Croatia.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Peggy: Yes, it's tragical that so many people die while on transplant lists. It would be great if more people would donate, but the black market reality often puts people's decisions on ice. Thanks for the comment, the votes and sharing!

      @moonlake: Sorry to hear about your bad experience in the hospital. Unfortunately, most people have negative experiences when it comes to hospital treatment. It all turned into a money-making industry. It's sad. Hope your son is doing good! Thanks for commenting.

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      8 years ago from America

      Our whole family use to be registered donors until our son ended up in the hospital. After what we went through we are no longer registered donors not anyone in our family. As far as I'm concerned they can take what they want when I die but I will let my family make that decision.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Both my husband and I would like to be organ donors when we die. It was so amazing to get to see corneal transplants in the operating room (back when I was an O.R. nurse) and know that person receiving the "clear window" so to speak, would once again be able to see. Such a simple gift...and one with great impact. It is tragic that so many people die each year while on transplant lists. Of course the dark side of this topic is the black market. Thanks for bringing this topic to the forefront. Perhaps it will encourage more people to think about giving the "gift of life." Up votes and sharing!

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I can't agree more! Thank you for the compliment, thelyricwriter (my friend :))!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. First off Jasmine, class "A" article. This is a very informative article and you bring up some great questions. I know the term R.I.P. means something, but if it can save a life, let's do it! If my organs can save a life or give someone three more days, let it be. That would be so meaningful to me, even if I have passed. As far as the trade, absolutely. I know it is a big time money venture and trade, but the price of life is priceless. Interesting topic Jasmine and very well written. Awesome job!

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Legal organ trade is certainly a topic for discussions. India, the Philippines, China and Iran have all had histories in legal organ trading, but it brought upon a whole new set of problems and morality issues that it was eventually banned. In Iran, it's still legal to sell your kidney for a profit and I find this pretty exaggerated.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion, swordsbane :)

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      William Grant 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      As far as I'm concerned, anyone is entitled to take anything they think will be useful out of my body and do whatever they want to with it after I'm dead. I will give priority to hospitals and doctors though.

      I think the organ trade should be legalized. I know that if I was on the waiting list for an organ, I would want to have the option of taking an organ that may or may not save my life vs a perfect one that stands a good chance of not arriving at all, and if I was donating an organ, I would prefer that my kidney, liver or heart have a chance of saving someone's life, and not get taken off the list because of a technicality on my medical records.

      As long as everyone involved is apprised of the risks, it should be an individual choice. This is not a pass/fail thing. Doctors sometimes forget that a slim chance is better than no chance.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      @KoffeeKlatch Gals: You're right about that! Actually, I believe everybody should be considered donor unless they specify otherwise.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am registered as an organ doner. I think if more people ere there would be less need for the black market and the horrors that can come with it.

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      9 years ago

      Great post! Thanks for all the very interesting statistics. :)

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      @Ryan Hamaker: They also created an artificial heart in Rome and transplanted it instead of a real heart. The experiment is successful so far, which means that there is a possibility to help people who need a heart transplant without organ donation in the future.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Ryan Hamaker 

      9 years ago

      A very dear friend of our family underwent a 3 organ transplant. It would only have happened if the family of the organ donor had decided to donate his organs. Now my friend as the family of the donor are very close and have started a new foundation centered around organ donation.

      As research in this area continues to grow, there may not be a need for true organ donation. Wake Forest University has been able to clone ears and other body parts using a DNA sample from the original patient.

      -Ryan Hamaker

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Dear Bikesh Shrestha, thank you for a wonderful comment. I hope people will eventually understand the importance of organ donations in Nepal and other countries, too. I also hope that this awareness will put an end to black organ market.

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      Bikesh Shrestha 

      10 years ago

      Donate Life

      Bikesh Shrestha,

      Ever since I was a child, I wondered why dead bodies are burned. I live quite near a cemetery (a funeral pyre for burning bodies) and occasionally, when the wind is strong, the smoke enters our house. I always felt that the smell was bad for our health and for the biosphere too, as we breathe in the air. Those were my childhood thoughts. Now I know more about the biosphere, atmosphere and gasses found on Earth.

      As I gradually became more educated, I felt that I wanted my body to be buried under a big tree, with no tomb, as Christians have, or to donate my body to a university for medical research. I told my parents and other members of my family but they said it was a foolish idea and against our religion.

      However, now I know that this is one of the best things I could do for mankind. I've always wondered, since I was a child, why the Nepalese burned bodies. This is just a custom and has no scientific basis.

      During my childhood I saw many funeral processions. Some bodies had even been placed on a large chair. This is a Buddhist tradition, especially in the Bajracharya community.

      I saw lots of people in the procession behind a dead body (malami haru) and I always wondered why. I told my mother that I didn't want to trouble people after my death so to just take a taxi or ambulance and take my body to Swoyambhu and bury it under a big tree. I thought that my body would decompose and the tree would gain some fertiliser and would grow even bigger because of this human fertiliser and that, ultimately, it would give out good oxygen into the atmosphere and that mankind would benefit.

      I also thought that burning bodies uses up a lot of wood, which meant we would have to cut down trees, but that we should not cut down trees because they are a source of oxygen and that would mean degrading the environment.

      Gradually I developed the idea of donating my eyes. My family was opposed to it and said that I would not attain salvation. They called it "Paar lagdaina". I actually still do not know the meaning of "Paar

      lagdaina". It is just a conservative and ignorant idea.

      I always told my family about my ideas and they called me a foolish child. a long while late, I got ill and was taken to hospital where I saw many people who did not have any major disease dying. I felt that

      the body should not be burned but instead used to feed the big jungle animals, so that they would not have to kill deer, wild pigs, antelope, etc.

      In Nepal, on Lord Krishna's birthday a certain street (Tol) has a photographic exhibition of Lord Krishna. I saw that Buddha has cut off his own flesh to give to a weak, hungry tiger. I was shocked – how could anyone give a piece of his body in such a manner? Only Buddha could do it it because he is superhuman - this being an extremely thing to do. But I was also searching for something else.

      Finally, after reading various textbooks at college (around 1978 when I was 16), I read about the first human heart transplant performed by Dr. Christian Barnard in South Africa. This enlightened me and motivated me. Here was my answer.

      After reading about that, I wondered when it would happen in Nepal. Now respected doctors perform organ transplants very successfully. Well done to our life-saving doctors. Doctors are one type of Boddhisatva (one of the paths to Buddhahood). I also read of a Tibetan tradition of throwing dead bodies out to feed eagles and vultures. This is a very good idea and very praise-worthy.

      Ever since then I have been interested in human organ transplantation. In my opinion, Nepal lags behind in this field so we need to do more to encourage people to donate their bodies and/or organs.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      days leaper, thank you for your comment. I am glad you liked the hub. Unfortunately, the problem with the black market related to organs is just another in a row of problems we face living on Earth every day. Some countries in Europe have already put in effect the new law according to which all people are donators accept they decided otherwise and had it in writing. I recently saw a great movie with this theme: Run for her life. It's a great, sad, but direct and honest movie comprising the ideas and feelings you suggested. If you haven't seen it yet, I strongly recommend you do!

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      days leaper 

      10 years ago from england

      Trying everything is a good point, but if people were able to accept their/our mortality instead of trying to live forever we might see an end to black market for one thing which is caused by greed. Greed of wanting more life. We can't all have three score years and ten, just like we can't all have 3 posh cars a mansion with three bathrooms etc. We have to learn to accept, live with what we've got.

      If one wants and is lucky enough to get an organ that works, I certainly don't begrudge them it if it is ethically achieved. I do however feel that many problems exist because of what science can achieve these days.

      I must Thank You for this Hub. As it is excellently written and very informative. I am a dialysis patient myself, who chose to opt out, and have written several Hubs/bloggs on my journey of self descovery from my experiences.

      I would hate the thought that some-one was 'harvested' (murdered for their organs etc.) just so that I could live as I have many other issues, problems, turmoil etc. that a donation would not fix. And feel with all the media hype it is easy to get tunnell vision on the subject.

      I feel the answer is in better, more research into preventions and cures rather than 'coping'. But accept that others may differ.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Dear Frankenstein,

      you have the right to your own opinion and to your own decision. What you would do still remains in ´´the air´´ because facing death changes feelings and opinions. If you had a very sick child, would you really take away the child´s chance for life because you think you are taking sth from dead people? They don´t need organs once they´re dead. And, it is not like everybody is hoping for someone else to die just to get a transplant.

      Parents of a child I heard of donated organs after their child´s accidental death and other four kids lived because of it. Better one death than five deaths, don´t you think?

      And if it happens, that the body rejects the new organ, well, at least you know you´ve tried everything!

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      10 years ago

      I don't like the idea of prolonging one's life in this way. Death is certainly not the worst thing that can happen to you. But "life" with an organ your body rejects THAT'S hell. It's not so easy breezy as advertisers would make it out to be.

      In any event, I think I'd rather die than grovel on the ground hoping someone else is going to hurry up and die so I may harvest their flesh like a parasite and place it inside me. I certainly wouldn't put someone's flesh in my mouth (cannibalism)so that I could live...I won't be taking dead people's organs and putting them inside me so I can live... So, all the More for YOU I guess.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Dear Transplantmommy, I agree and I am very glad you have had another chance for life.

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      10 years ago

      I have Cystic Fibrosis and had a life-saving bilateral lung and liver transplant in 2007. I absolutely think that everyone should donate their organs when they pass. It saves lives...and I get to continue to be a wife and mother. Had I not received the gift of life, my son would have been without a mother by the age of 2.

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      Car Donations 

      10 years ago

      wow some interesting things I never thought about. Well, if I pass away, why not donate my organs... They will just rot. I would donate my kidney too. I only need one.. Life is too short to save the other as a backup. I want to save someone's life!

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      Rose Kolowinski 

      10 years ago

      Organ donation is a very personl decision. I am a registered organ donor. But I strongly disagree it should be mandatory or an opt-out system. Education should be the key to encourage more people to sign up as organ donors. Another well-written and presented hub.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      I'm sorry. That is very sad, I know :-(

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      11 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great hub, my brother was dating a woman who's 12 year old daughter needed a heart, sadly she passed away a year ago, it was so sad.

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      Tony Sky 

      11 years ago from London UK

      Great post!

      prisons are full of people who will and should never be released so they ought to give their organs and be tested on instead of rabbits, and apes etc...

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      To Dave Undis: I haven't heard about LifeSharers by now, but I have just done some reading on their official website. The following is a copied text from their site:

      ''LifeSharers is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to LifeSharers are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.''

      I support the ideas but always advise to check any network or organization of this type (because of the black market and frauds) which shouldn't be difficult if the organization is classified as a 501 (c) (3).

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Dave Undis 

      11 years ago

      Over half of the 105,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 9,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

      There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

      Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

      Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 13,500.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      To efeguy: Of course, writing hubs also means learning so, I myself find out many new things. My hubs are the result of my personal experience or research on a certain topic. This hub is a result of my research, the information comes from reliable sources (I always verify what I read). Glad you like it and sorry to agree with you on the black market thing - I know, it's horrible :-(

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      11 years ago

      i know you spend a lot of time achieving this.great hub.

      if is genuine i support it,but too many black market today.


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