Donate an Organ, Save a Life

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Would you like to save a life? Would you like to be a hero? The time to be a hero could be right now, it is as simple as signing up to become an organ donor. Simple questions with a yes or no answer, yet so many people choose not to sign up. When most hear organ donation they are either for it or against it. Organ donation is considered to be the gift of life and it is a selfless act that many people appreciate. An organ donor allows another person at a second chance in life. An organ can fail at any moment and it happens when a person least expects it. Each day the wait list for an organ grows rapidly and there are not enough donors. A person could wait up to several days, weeks, months, or even years. That person then has to basically live off of a machine until a perfect organ match is found. Despite health concerns and myths, everyone should be an organ donor because of the major shortage of organs needed. Each day more and more people are added to the wait list and yet there are not enough organ donors to help. There are several people waiting for an organ to be donated. This number grows each and every day and the person in need of that organ lives in fear and hopes that they will find a match. Families live in fear because no one wants to lose a loved one. Also hearing the news that someone needs an organ is just as scary. Many people do realize that once a person has a failing organ they could be on the verge of death. People pass away from organ failure rather than any other cause of death like a car accident or even another illness. When an organ donor is found for the person in need of it, the feeling is great except for the fact of other complications. Organ failure is a nightmare that families take in first bef... ... middle of paper ... ...fe within the near future. Works Cited Judson, Karen. Medical Ethics Life and Death Issues. New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2001. Print. "Key Events in the History of Organ Donation (sidebar)." Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 28 June 2010. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. Mantel, Barbara. "Organ Donations." CQ Researcher 15 Apr. 2011: 337-60. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. “Organ Donation” Issues & Controversies. Facts on File News Services, 28 June 2010. Web. 15 Nov 2013. Senk, Madelyn. “Donate an Organ, Save a Life.” VFW Magazine. June/July 2004: 20-22. SIRS Issue Researcher. Web. 20 Nov 2013. The Ultimate Gift. 2006. The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Web. 17 Dec. 2013 United States Health Resources & Services Administration. Why Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation?. 2013 Web. 3 Dec. 2013.
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