Organ Donation -Saving Lives

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According to United Network for Organ Sharing (2010) organ donations and transplantation are the removal of organs and tissues from one person and placed into another person’s body. The need for organ transplantation usually occurs when the recipient organ has failed (UNOS, 2010). Organ donation can save the lives of many individuals who are on the waiting list for an organ donation. Becoming an organ donor can be a difficult decision. Many people have the false beliefs about being an organ donor. An example would be if organ donor is on their driver’s license and a person is in a life-threatening accident everything will not be done to save their life. There is an increase need for organ donors and unfortunately the need for organ transplantation exceeds the amount of organs available. This causes the difficult decision of deciding who deserves the transplantation over another client. Which person deserves the opportunity of having the second chance of life with a newly transplanted organ? The case study, “Who will receive the liver?” involves to potential clients Mr. Mann and Mrs. Bay. Mr. Mann a fifty year old drinker who will soon die with alcoholic cirrhosis, he lives alone, and makes no guarantee he will stop drinking even if he does receive an organ donation. The second candidate, Mrs. Bay a thirty-seven year old with hepatitis B who has some sick days is married with a young family and is very active in the community. Mrs. Bay is ahead of Mr. Mann on the donation waiting list (Butts & Rich, 2008, p.305). The purpose of this paper is to view the difference between each candidate and decide which recipient should receive the liver transplant.

Mrs. Bay should receive the organ transplant ahead of Mr. Mann. National Digestive...

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...gan transplantation and knowing the true facts about being an organ donor. With an increase in organ donation we will be able to save many more lives giving both clients a second chance at life.


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