Almost everyone would want to be able to say “I have saved a life.” But by becoming an organ donor, as I really wish to, you can be able to say “I will save a life.” The number of patients waiting for organs is almost ten times the number of people who are registered as organ donors. Patients are forced to wait months, and even years for a match,
Therefore, each individual who is a potential donor can help improve as many as 50 lives (Pro & Con Organ Donation, 2014). Another advantage to organ donation is when donors receive appreciation from transplant recipients. People decide to be organ donors because it gives them a sense of fulfillment and gives a second chance to those who need it the most. Furthermore, donating one’s organs can benefit individuals from encountering health treatment costs (WebMD, 2015). Currently, the cost for organ transplants varies from $200,000 up to $1.2 million dollars in the United States (Pro & Con Organ Donation, 2014).
Organ donation is a selfless way to give back to others, it can also make a huge difference by giving another person a second chance at life. There are over 117,000 men, women, and children who are currently waiting for life saving organ transplants. Every ten minutes a new person is added to the organ transplant list. Unfortunately, some will never make it to the top of the list. The generosity of an individual donor can save up to eight live through organ donation and enhance another fifty through tissue donation.
Brain death is a permanent end of brain functions. Donors suffer brain death after a head injury. Organ donation affects hundreds of thousands of people and their families worldwide each year. Organ donors are able to give the gift of hope for thousands of individuals whose lives could be enhanced through tissue transplants. There are way too many people that are suffering, or are sick from waiting for an organ for a such a long period of time.
To date, more than 65,000 people are on the national organ transplant waiting list and about 4,000 of them will die this year- about 11 every day- while waiting for a chance to extend their life through organ donation (Yoakam 1). This figure, when looked at from an economic standpoint, exemplifies a case of supply and demand between organ donors and patients “with a diseased organ”. Just as there is a supply and demand in any given market, there are also complementary and substitute goods. Who decides who gets transplants and who doesn’t? This question implies that the organ market also needs to have various, effective allocation mechanisms.
They can potentially be used to create tissues and eventually organs, the list of people needing transplant far exceeds the number of available organs. Most people that need organs often pass away waiting on the endless list for organ transplant. 5. Could be used to help treat and cure heart disease by cell therapy, Heart disease has been the number one cause of death for nearly the last 100 years. 6.
Department of Health & Human Services. They also report that in 2014 there were 29,532 people who received organ transplants (The Need is Real). This number includes transplants for both deceased and living donors. The sad thing is that nearly 20 people on the list die everyday while waiting (National Insitutes of Health). One donor can save up to eight lives, just imagine the number of lives saved if more people signed up as donors.
TRANSITION: First, I will explain what organ donation is and how it works. BODY II. What organ donation is and how it works a) Organ donation is when healthy organs and tissues are transplanted from one person to another. b) Organs that can be donated include: kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, skin, bone, bone marrow, and cornea (medlineplus.com). c) Organ donations are for patients with kidney failure, heart disease, lung disease, and cirrohosis of the liver.
One of the limiting factors of the heart transplantation is the number of organ donors. Approximately 5000 cardiac transplants are performed in the world annually. More 2000 heart transplants are performed in the U.S yearly. According to Fishbein, MD who specializes in cardiovascular pathology (2007), patients are required to change their lifestyle and take numerous immunosuppressive drugs. All potential recipients must undergo psychological evaluation to become qualified recipients.
Organ donation is where someone allows one or more of their organs to be removed and given to someone else who needs them. People can donate when they are alive or dead. “More than 125 million people register to become a donor, but about 3 in 1,000 are eligible to become donors when they die”. People can be able to live after donating a kidney, a lung, pancreas, intestines, or part of a liver. A deceased person can donate most organs, corneas, hands and face, blood, and bone marrow.