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Organ Donation

Updated on September 5, 2017

Organ Donation

Let's set the the record straight right from the start. I'm not talking about the musical instrument. However if anyone wants to donate an organ to me, please feel free. Contact me an I'll arrange pick up.Of course I'd have to take a few lessons. As of right now I can only play a mean Chopsticks.

I'm talking about internal organs of the human body. Most states have a plan that allows you to donate organs after death. Usually it's filled out on your driver's license. You also have the option of having your wishes expressed in your living will.


By now, if you follow me, you know I ask questions. The question I ask now is how many people that are willing to donate their organs actually take the time to arrange this?

An average of 18 people a day die waiting for an organ transplant About 72 percent of people say they want to donate an organ, but the number of people signed up is much lower. 23 percent fear they wouldn't qualify due to existing health problems. 50 percent of those willing to donate fear their medical treatment would be compromised in an effort to get their organs. 44 percent believe there is a black market for organs.

You would figure that if 72 percent of the population was willing to donate that the list of 100,000 people waiting for organs would be shorter. The problem is that people are busy living their lives and not thinking about the end. Imagine alot of you reading this probably don't have wills drawn up. Do you even have a living will? We, as a group, never think of these things until it happens to someone else. Even then it never moves past the thought process.

My solution to this problem isn't that complicated.Instead of having people opt in to organ donations, why not have them opt out? Every person agrees to donate organs upton death. If you choose not to, then you check the box on your driver's license or register with the Do Not Donate List. It's alot like the Do Not Call list for telemarketers. You're not on the list, your organs can be used to benefit another life. The choice would still be up to the individual.

Of course this idea makes way to much sense for any politician to pick up and run with. There isn't enough public demand. So, the present system will stay in effect. Therefore, I'm encouraging all to take sometime out of you busy lives and make the necessary plans to donate your organs. We have the know how, but the main pieces are missing. If 72 percent consider doing this, then 72 percent should stop considering and take action.



If you are in the unfortunate position of needing a kidney, and family members are not a match, then I suggest you start your search for a donor at matchingdonors.com. Many patients get their transplant through MatchingDonors.com within six months, or less, of signing up on this website.

If you need a kidney a great place to start you search is matchingdonors.com. They have a database of waiting donors and get get your transplant in up to six months.

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    • mrpooper profile imageAUTHOR

      mrpooper 

      7 years ago

      @sueroy333...Absolutely right. We can give while still living. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

    • sueroy333 profile image

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Awesome hub.

      I'd like to add to this that people can donate organs while still living.

      People can live perfectly normally with one kidney functioning at 20% capacity or more.

      Bone marrow- a no-brainer. Totally regenerates.

      I've heard you can give part of your liver too, I'll have to look into that.

      My point being that we don't even have to wait until we're dead to help out. We've got extra stuff that can save someone's life right now. The way I see it, If I don't need it, and you do... take it!

      Frogdropping did an awesome hub about where to go to get a kit to register to be a bone-marrow donor. The kit was free, and easy to use. Open, swab, swab, close, mail back.

      Thanks for doing a hub on this, you did a great job!

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      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      You are right. Day to day life gets in the way of many things and we just don't think about it. So good hub to bring awareness. Many people are cremated so why not donate organs before they are scattered ashes. Here is my question.....isn't our body just a shell no longer needed for our soul in the end anyway?

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