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Speech on Becoming an Organ Donor Essay

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Organ Donation: by Samantha Hess
GENERAL PURPOSE: To persuade the audience to become organ donors.
SPECIFIC PURPOSE: To persuade my audience to become organ donors by informing them of what it is, how it works, the myths of organ donations, how to become an organ donor, and the benefits of being one.
THESIS: The need is constantly growing for organ donors and it is very simple to become one. Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with renewed lives.

Introduction I. Attention getting device: How many of you are registered organ donors? (Give them time to raise their hands) According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, as of November 18, 2012,
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Transition: I’m sure many of you are wondering what organs you can donate.

II. The type of organs you can donate depends on what type of donor you are. 1. Since you are still living while being a living donor, you are restricted on the organs you can donate. a. According to Klein and associates, being a living donor, you can donate one kidney, one lung, and part of the liver, intestines, and pancreas. 2. After you have passed away, you can chose to donate your eyes and corneas, heart and heart valves, lungs, live, intestines, kidneys, pancreas, skin, bones, and tendons.

Transition: Once you decide what type of donor you want to be and what organs you choose to donate, it is important to know the process of how organ donations work.

III. The process for living donors and deceased donors is different. a. According to Dana Lustbader, for deceased donations, the organs must be obtained within 60 minutes of death. The following process is for patients who suffer cardiac death. 1. First, doctors must inform families about what to expect during the cessation of life-sustaining treatments. Families should realize that the patient still receives quality care and symptom management when these treatments are ceased. 2. In order to prevent conflicts of interest, members of the organ recovery team should not be involved in the decision to discontinue life-support of the
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