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Essay The Growing Need for Organ Donors

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“There is a need to instil in people's hearts, especially in the hearts of the young, a genuine and deep appreciation of the need for brotherly love, a love that can find expression in the decision to become an organ donor.” Pope John Paul II stated in the Address to International Congress on Transplants. In a culture of death and self-centeredness it is important to prompt the youth to consider becoming an organ donor. The number of people in need of a transplant is growing quickly, and already is at a large rate. Eighteen people will die each day waiting for an organ transplant; more must be done to help these people, yet it must be within the standards of medical ethics.

Many people do not understand how organ donation works
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The donor’s body is highly monitored to assure that the organs are kept alive for the patient. The organs cannot be preserved very long once outside the body. The special transplant medical teams must arrive to the hospital quickly. Some organ’s preservation time is longer than others, for example a kidney can be preserved for up to 72 hours outside of the body. Livers can be preserved for up to 24 hours. On the other hand, hearts and lungs can only last up to four hours (“How Does the Donor Process Work?”).

The medical teams recover the organs first, then recover any tissues that another patient could use. Opposing popular belief, an open-casket funeral is still possible after an organ donation takes place because the appearance of the donor is not altered. After the organ is removed from the donor it is cleansed of all the blood and placed in a cool, sterile solution. The organ is then examined to assure that it is permissible for the transplant. Finally, the organ is shipped to the hospital where the transplant procedure will take place. Many “local organ procurement organizations” send letters to the donor’s family to inform them of what organs were able to be used for transplants. Also, very general information is given to the family about the person who received the organs while still protecting the privacy of the recipient (“How Does the Donor Process
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