The Safety of Organ Transplants

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Fourteen years old Joshua Smith is at his baseball game, as he runs around the bases and heads to second, he grabs his chest and collapse. Joshua is quickly put on a stretcher for the Emergency Room(ER). After a number of tests at the hospital, the doctor informs Joshua’s father concerning Joshua’s condition. “Joshua has an enlarged heart and will need a transplant to save his life” states the doctor. There are no organs available, so Joshua’s name is placed on the waiting list until further notice. Nearly four months later, an organ donor becomes available and Joshua is notified. There is a great chance that the organ will not be rejected if it is a good match. Once the suitable organ is found, the process quickly begins, calling it the ‘Gift of Life’. The doctor then tested him for a match with the available organ. “Every move is coordinated with precision because every minute the organ is out of the body, the cells are dying” (Durett 41). If the organ is a good match for Joshua, there is a great chance that it will not be rejected.

Based on the article “Organ Transplants”, Organ transplantation is the process of moving an organ from one body to another, due to the failure or absence of the organ. In 1954, Dr. Murray performed the first successful kidney transplant between identical twins at Brigham and Women's Hospital. That later became Organ transplantation first initial. “Joseph Murray built on the knowledge that MHC molecules were variable between different people, particularly outside of the family” (Spickler 2). Since the kidney transplantation was a complete success, doctors tried other organs and tissues. Such as kidneys, livers, lungs, pancreas, intestines, eyes, etc. In which all have been a success. Each day, there ...

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