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Organ donation is a sacrifice that can touch many people through one person’s unselfish gift. Granted that gift most often comes after a tragic loss of a loved one. As the bearer of three functioning kidneys, I have always considered organ donation to be the expected norm. But today, the focus will be to enlighten you on the reasons to consider organ donation. Organ donations are needed for every age group, race, and ethnic groups. Each person should take the opportunity to extend the gift of life to another individual through organ donation.
As a narrative manipulating the traditional conventions was required for one of the creating texts tasks, I chose to base my narrative around the idea of organ donation and change the perspective of the narrative from the first-person perspectives of different characters to a third person narrator. Organ donation was chosen as the base for the narrative text because I feel that it is a current issue in the world right now and often the target audience has only seen the one side of organ transplants which is the receivable of the organs. The intended audience of the narrative was individuals interested in the ethical dilemma behind organ donation. The intended audience age for the text was approximately 16 years or above although would be quite flexible depending on the maturity of the audience and the intended audience is not defined by gender. The purpose of the narrative was to educate the audience on the type of process some family members of organ donators literally have to go through and to emphasise the emotional build up to the final decision in many organ donations of a family member having to make the choice for someone else whom they love. The further purpose of the creative text was to inspire action out of the audience and to help them realise to importance of making a decision early on issues such as organ donation so that loved ones aren’t forced to make the decision for them.
Today we are in great need of a solution to solve the problem of the shortage of human organs available for transplant. The website for Donate Life America estimates that in the United States over 100 people per day are added to the current list of over 100,000 men, women, and children that are waiting for life-saving transplants. Sadly enough, approximately 18 people a day on that list die just because they cannot outlive the wait for the organ that they so desperately need to survive. James Burdick, director of the Division of Transplantation for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services confirms, “The need for organ transplants continues to grow and this demand continues to outpace the supply of transplantable organs”. The
The introduction of organ donation to society has since been a groundbreaking medical discovery and life-saving procedure, portrayed in myths dating back to Ancient times, before the 16th century. Early performed procedures we’re primarily successful skin grafts and transplants among individuals in need. It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that doctors had been documented performing experimental and risky transplants from animal organs to save human patients suffering from renal failure. Though successful, none of these patients lived more than a few days after the transplants. It wasn’t until December 23, 1954, that the first truly successful kidney transplant, from a living donor, was achieved. Dr. Joseph
With the evolution of time variety of advanced and useful medical procedures to save lives have been discovered, one of which being organ donations. Now days patients suffering from serious and life threatening conditions have the option of getting their organs replaced; a second chance at life. It should be mandatory that all people, once they have died be organ and tissue donors because after death they no longer need or use their organs. Secondly, by simply donating you could save numerous lives and lastly, there are critical organ shortages within Canada which could be resolved if there were more donors available
According to The American Transplant Foundation, more than 120,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list to receive a lifesaving organ transplant. Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the transplant waiting list and on average around 20 people die per day due to a lack of organ availability. The consistent high demand for organs and the shortage of donors in the United States has prompted a complex discussion on ways to close the gap. China, for example, has found a solution. They use death-row inmate’s organs for transplant operations. A report from an international team, which included human rights lawyers and journalist, estimated that 10,000 to 60,000 organs are transplanted each year in China and most organs have been harvested from prisoners whose views conflicted with the ruling Chinese Communist Party (Griffiths, 2016). The death sentences in China are carried out by a traditional style execution method- a bullet to the prisoner’s head. In the United States, five methods are currently used for carrying out the death penalty, such as hanging, a bullet, electrocution, lethal injection and lethal gas, but the methods vary from state to state. The current methods of execution in the United States make the organs of death row prisoners unsuitable for transplantation. The possibility of using executed prisoner’s organs could save many lives in the future. In 2015, 28 inmates were executed and from each inmate you could possibly remove eight organs.
In a world where life expectancy has increased tremendously over the last century because of new technology and medical procedures, we find humanity ever pushing the boundaries on what it can do to prevent loss of life where possible. One example is the area of organ donation and transplantation. However, unlike many other technologies or procedures which can be built, manufactured, or learned, organ transplantation requires one thing that we can’t create yet: an organ itself. Because our increased life span causes more people to require a replacement organ when theirs starts to fail, the demand has far outrun the supply and the future only looks to get worse. “Between the years 1988 and 2006 the number of transplants doubled, but the
Think of the most important person in your life. Now, image they come to you because they have something to tell you; they need a kidney transplant. Not receiving one means they have about five years to live, at most. Though, they are hopeful because they have been placed on the organ donor waitlist. They go on dialysis and the wait beings. Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months into years. According to the Kidney Organization, the average wait time for a kidney is about 3-5 years. Unfortunately, your loved one does not receive the call, and when they are being laid to rest, you think, how could it have ended this way? Sadly, this ending is far too common for many individuals. Therefore, what can be done to prevent this
In life, there is one thing that is inevitable and unavoidable. The subject is often avoided because of fear. Death is universal. Every day eighteen people will die in the United States of America waiting for an organ transplant. Organ Transplantation involves the giving of a healthy body part from either a living or dead individual to another person. (Fundukian, Organ, p674-678) Medical illnesses do not discriminate. It doesn’t matter about wealth, race, religion, or even age. The types of illnesses causing and leading to organ failure are heart disease, cirrhosis, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, hepatitis, kidney disease, and hypertension.
To become or not to become is a simple question asked by teens and adults all over the world. When the age of 16 is reached most states allow the new driver to have the option of becoming an organ donor with a guardian’s acceptance. Over time organ donations have received a bad reputation from misleading opinions. Some people think doctors will not work as hard to save your life if you are an organ donor. Due to all the miscommunication between facts and opinions somewhere in the mix organ donations got a bad mark. There are facts upon facts about organ donations being safe and that doctors or nurses will try their hardest to help the patient even if they are an organ donor.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, every ten minutes a name is added to the National Transplant waiting list. As of December 1, 2015, there are 122,477 people that need a lifesaving operation and are on the transplant waiting list. While on the waiting list, there is an average of 22 people that die every day. So far, only 23,134 transplants have been done in 2015. (U.S. Depart.of Health and Human Services) This incredibly low number of transplants is why more people should become organ donors. Choosing to become an organ donor provides the opportunity to save up to eight lives and improve the quality of life for many others with tissue donation. An organ donor can also provide comfort to the grieving family: the loss of the loved one will be helping others to live. Becoming an organ donor is much easier than many think. The decision can literally be done in just minutes.
Parents of the pediatric donors are understandably torn between the best interest of their child, and altruism in the face of tragedy. Preserving the right of parents to revoke first person consent respects the significance of choice parents are asked to make while grieving the acute loss of their son or daughter. In Illinois, unemancipated minors are not allowed to make any other healthcare decisions or enter into legal contracts, so this legislation indeed presents parents with a unique situation (Illinois Hospital Association, 2015).
Organ transplantation is a medical act which involves the surgical operating by transferring or removing of an organ from one person to the other, or placing the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient for the replacement of the recipients damaged or failed organ which resulted from impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism or an act that causes someone to receive physical damage.
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