Finding Common Ground : Organ Transplantation

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Finding Common Ground Organ Transplantation is a life-saving method that has become a normal part of daily conversation in the twenty first century. Most anyone you ask has known or known of someone who has qualified to be put on the transplant list in order to save their life, and many know someone who is successfully living and thriving with a donated organ. Often times these organs come from an anonymous donor that has met a fateful tragedy. But there are certain organs that can be donated from a living donor. While organ donation and transplantation has been proven to save lives as far back as the early 1800’s and many forward strides have been made over the past almost two centuries, it has not come without price tags, controversy and even illegal happenings in the underground world. The world we live in has a price for almost anything now, and saving lives is no exception. While no one disputes the need and success of organ transplants, the subject of obtaining the organs themselves sparks wide debate. In order to understand the debate, it is helpful to have some basic background knowledge of both Organ Transplantation and Organ Donation. By definition, Organ Transplantation is the “process of surgically transferring a donated organ into a patient with end stage organ failure”. (“Organ Donation and Transplantation Saves Lives”) An individual needing an organ transplant has most likely already been through much in life that has led to diagnosis of end stage failure. This diagnosis leads to the National Transplant Waiting List. Just being placed on this list is a detailed process requiring several steps and many months of waiting. One of these steps includes “Plan Your Finances”, as detailed out by the U.S. Depart... ... middle of paper ... ...passion displayed on both sides of this subject is that there will never be a clear cut answer, and there will always be compelling arguments on both sides of a debate that ultimately has the same goal in mind—saving lives. Works Cited "Financial Incentives for Organ Donation." The National Kidney Foundation |. National Kidney Foundation, 2003. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. . "Organ Donation and Transplantation Saves Lives." Organdonor.gov. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. http://www.organdonor.gov/about/index.html Rettner, Rachel. "Great Debate: Should Organ Donors Be Paid." Live Science. N.p., 10 Aug. 2009. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. http://www.livescience.com/5606-great-debate-organ-donors-paid.html Satel, Sally. "Yuan a Kidney?" Slate 2011: n. pag. Print.

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