The Pros And Cons Of Life Saving Organ Transplantation

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According to the American Transplant Foundation, more than 120,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list to receive 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 never changing high number of demands for organs and high shortage of donors in the United States of America has made a gap between the numbers, therefore a discussion has raised- how to lower this gap. China, for example, has found a solution- they used death-row inmate’s organs for transplant operations. A report from international team, which included human rights lawyers and journalist estimated that 60,00 to 10,000 organs are…show more content…
In the United States, five methods are currently used for death sentencing, such as firing squad, hanging, lethal injection, electrocution, and lethal gas; however it changes state by state (see Death Penalty information). Current methods of execution make the organs of prisoners unsuitable for transplantation. The possibility of using executed prisoners organs- could save many lives in the future. In 2015, 28 inmates were executed and from each inmate you could possibly remove 8 organs, furthermore, approximately 200 lives could be saved by prisoners (see Death Penalty Information). The method of execution should be changed in the United States of America, so the prisoner’s organs after execution would be harvestable. Additionally, making the removal of lifesaving organs a mandatory provision of all healthy death sentence prisoners- would give more organs and thereby save more lives. If a method of execution would be changed and organs would be used for transplants- short term of removal would maintain the health of organs; it would save up money for states and many lives would be…show more content…
If a person is executed by hanging, asphyxiation often can cause prolonged deprivation of oxygen which damages many transplantable organs, the only capital jurisdictions who allows it are Delaware, Washington and New Hampshire (but all these states primary execution method is lethal injection). If a person is executed by electrocution- literally fries all internal organs and the skin-very painful death. the execution by electrocution is allowed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia- I all of these states primary execution method is lethal injection, however if the injection is not available- the execution is proceeded by electrocution. In the gas chamber, cyanide deprives the body’s cells of oxygen, thereby killing the organs, states allowing it- Arizona, California, Missouri, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Lethal injection causes “cardiopulmonary cessation” damaging the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other internal organs. Lethal injection is used as primary method of execution in all 33 states where a death penalty is allowed
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