Organ Donation Essay

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Organ donation, over the years, has grown its reputation to being one of the main life savers that humans have access to. Since the first successful organ transplant 50 years ago, many recipients have had their lifespans extended and have seen their health improve. As a result of organ transplants, thousands of people now live a full life with functional bodies. In the United States as well as other countries in the world, there are many different organs like kidneys, hearts, and livers that are used every day to save the lives of thousands of people. Every year there are thousands of deceased donors who provide transplanted organs in the United States to people who need them. While the number of organ donors has increased over the years, the…show more content…
The supply or organs is very limited and making it mandatory for people to donate their deceased family members’ organs will increase the supply and potentially speed up the process for people on the waiting list. By documenting the decision of being an organ donor on a driver’s license, donor card, or through a donor registry, the family of the deceased are able to take the steps needed in order to ensure that their loved ones are able to exercise their rights and make a determination for them about the disposal of their organs after they have died. This decision is a huge sadness for the family members who disagree with organ donation, but shows that the individual considered a decision that after death, he or she has the potential to save the lives for others and improve their quality of life. Organ donation is a crucial step needed in order for people to survive, but unfortunately there just isn’t enough organs to go around for everyone. On an estimate, let’s say over 100,000 people die annually in the United States alone. All of these people can be potential donors, but without the consent of the person or their family members, their organs will be left to decompose in the dirt instead of being donated to people who really need them. Making donations mandatory will eliminate the possibility of organs going to waste and being the all you can eat buffet for the creatures underground. In the data collected in by the Health Resources and Services Administration, “121,455 people needed a lifesaving transplant” while there were only “15,064 donors”. The data also included that “Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list” while “On average, 21 people die each day while waiting for a transplant”. Saving the lives of people who are actually still alive should be more important than family members

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