Organ Donation

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Introduction: Almost everyone would want to be able to say I have saved a life. But by becoming an organ donor, you can be able to say “I will save a life.” Organ donation is a selfless way to give back to others, and to be able to make a huge difference by giving another person a second chance at life. Unfortunately, the number of patients waiting for organs far exceeds the number of people who have registered to become organ donors. Patients are forced to wait months, even years for a match, and far too many die before they are provided with a suitable organ. There are many shames related to organ donation, but most of them are quite false, and in order to be well informed, you must know what organ donation is, how it works as well as …show more content…
4. I’m too old to donate: There is no defined cutoff age for donating organs, and there have been many successful organ donations from donors in their 70’s and 80’s. The decision to use the organs is based on medical criteria, and not necessarily age. 5. Maybe I won’t really be dead when they sign the death certificate: People who are organ donors are actually given more tests to determine that the patient is truly dead than they would give to those who are not organ donors. * Main Point 3- How to become an organ donor and the benefits of organ donation [source: organdonor.gov] 1. Register with your state donor registry by going to organdonor.gov and registering online according to what state you reside in. All you have to do is enter in some basic information, such as your name, address, height, gender, and race, and also what specific organs you are willing to donate after your death. 2. Designate your decision on your driver’s license, as well as when you renew it. 3. Sign a donor card and carry the card with you until you can designate your decision on your driver’s license. 4. Talk to your family about your donation decision and help them to understand your wish. 5. Some benefits that come along with organ donation is the satisfaction of being able to save lives even when you are already

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