The Ethical And Moral Issues Of Organ Transplantation

1014 Words Dec 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Organ transplantation has been one of the most riveting medical advances of the century as it literally gives the chance of a lifetime to patients with terminal failure of vital organs. This requires the participation of other people in society to donate organs from their deceased family or even donations from living individuals themselves. The increasing incidence of vital organ failure and the inadequate supply of organs has created a wide gap between organ supply and demand. This has resulted in very long wait times to receive an organ as well as an increasing number of deaths while waiting. These events have raised many ethical, moral and societal issues regarding supply, the methods by which the organs are being allocated, and the use of living donors as volunteers. This paper will talk about the ethical and moral issues generated by the current advances in organ transplantation, the problem of organ supply versus organ demand, and the ethical dilemma behind allocating of the small amount of available organs being donated.
The need for organ transplantation has rapidly increased all over the world during the past decade or so due to the increased incidence of vital organ failure. Unfortunately, the unavailability of adequate organs for transplantation has resulted in major organ shortage crises. As a result there has been a major increase in the number of patients in need of transplantation and in the number of patients dying while on the waiting list. Debates about…
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