Organ Donation Essay

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Organ Donation

Today in the United States there are thousands of people currently waiting for some type of transplant. If one were to ask a group of people if they have friends or family who have either had a transplant or are waiting for one, one would find that most people know at least one person who has had a transplant or is waiting for one. Transplantation is a great advance in modern medicine. The need for organ donors is much larger than the number of people who sign up to donate their organs in the case of an accident. According to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1995-2009), "Every day in the United States 17 people die waiting for an organ and more than 80,000 men, women, and children await life-saving organ
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Because the donor is clothed and lying on his or her back in the casket, no one can see any difference.” Another big concern people give for their reason not to donate is that the hospital will not give them or their family member proper care because the doctor’s know the individual is a donor and will just stop treatment so the organs can be harvested for transplantation. This is completely false. The decision to donate does not affect the care the patient will receive. Most often the question of organ donation is not even an issue until every possible option to save a patient has been exhausted. Donation is not even discussed until after a person dies, or has been put on life support and tests show that there is nothing that can be done to save the individual. Whether it is fear of having their organs taken out, disfigurement, or religious beliefs, there are so many people who refuse to allow their family members organs and tissues to be donated when they pass. Donation however, is so important. Organ donation gives another person the gift of life. Some patients will die without transplantation, so by choosing to donate lifesaving organs and tissue, or choosing to donate a family member’s organs or tissues, this donation is one of the greatest gifts an individual can give, life.

Organ Donation is a very sensitive subject; there are so few people who have chosen to donate. In the tragic event of a loved one’s

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