Lastly organ donation should not be mandatory in the United States due to consequences the donor has to face. Organ donors should be able to choose whether or not they are going to donate their organs. Donating an organ is not a bad thing, but it is a
Please try and consider the following situation. You’re sitting in an emergency room, waiting for your dad to awake after falling into liver failure, costing him to need a new liver. Not knowing if it’s possible, crossing your fingers. You wish you could help, but you can’t. Someone else can. An organ donor. According to organdonor.gov, about 116,000 U.S. citizens are waiting on the organ transplant list as of August 2017. To put that number into perspective, that’s more than double the amount of people that can fit into Yankee Stadium. And to make matters worse, 20 people each day die waiting for a transplant.(organdonor.gov) Organ donation can offer patients a second chance at life and provides
The shortage of organ transplants has been an ongoing crisis for years; the growing list of patients awaiting transplants has no end in sight, and the number of people dying while they waste away on the waiting list is not going to go down unless something changes.Society has turned away from alternatives to our archaic organ donation program, but there are other options available.The transplant community and society as a whole need to step back and rethink--to adopt a more open-minded views on organs as a resource in order to save lives and make meaningful changes to the national transplant program.
In Sally Satel 's “When Altruism Isn 't Moral” discusses the problem with the outrageous expectation the healthcare system has for organ donation and reception. Satel says “it is lethally obvious that altruism is not a valid basis for transplant policy. If we keep thinking of organs solely as gifts, there will never be enough of them.” I agree with Satel; the social requirements that a donor has to meet before being able to donate an organ is too restricted and is one of the many issues with our current mindset when it come to the care of the dying. As well as having obnoxious requirements in the altruism-only system of donating, the actual system is faulty. This altruism-only system causes social dilemmas and problems not unlike the ones that people fear with a compensation/incentive donation program.
After conducting extensive research I have concluded that for several reasons, congress should repeal the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. This act outlaws the selling of human organs with a punishment of paying fifty thousand dollars, or five years in prison, or both. Repealing this act would promote more people to be donors, and less money being spent on medicines, and hospital care. Hand in hand with more lives being saved. Although there are certain doubts, and ways people could manipulate the system; the law should be repealed, and new laws put into place to regulate it.
This is an ongoing debate over whether the United States should adopt a presumed-consent organ donor system. The first organ donation was a skin graft. Skin is your only external organ. The organ transplant happened in 1869, and since then, the science and safety has gone up. The first internal organ transplant was a kidney transplant. One twin gave his identical brother one of his kidneys in 1954, almost 100 years after the first skin graft (Organ Transplantation 1). With advancing medical science, there are systems set in place to insure the safety of patients’ organs. The United States government has set up laws and regulations along
Many politicians butt heads on this topic. Libertarians and Liberals argue that it’s a citizen’s free right to help patients that are in dire need of an organ. While Republicans and Democrats think that this might be a bad idea to encourage citizens that are in underdeveloped countries to make quick cash off their internal organs just to get out of poverty. For example, in Iraq, the unemployment percentage is 18% and those citizens just want something better for themselves. The Republicans think this practice is unethical and should be stopped. Whereas Democrats think that capitalism is the problems in these underdeveloped
Putting all of the facts aside, people have their own opinions about organ donation. Some may believe that there is no value in donating their organs to someone who only has hours left to live, but there is life. Life is the most valuable gift anyone can receive. So with this being said, organ donation should no longer be a choice but
Image you turn on your television and see parents crying and asking for an organ for their child and offering you a lump sum of cash and you just so happen to the same blood type. Now think if it was an older lady who was not so good in front of a camera and offering no money just her heart felt thank you. Who would you donate your organ to? Well once transplants really got started that what was happening. According to Special to the New York Times (1986) people were taking to the media on behalf of their loved ones or even their self’s to try and get anyone to give their organs bribing with money and status. People were charging
Selling organs is a rising problem in the healthcare community, government and morality. Organ sales has become the topic of discussion for numerous reasons. Some of which being lowering the wait time on the organ transplant waitlist and taking advantage of the financially disadvantaged. This issue affects many people on many different levels, some people morally or legally but mostly importantly medically. What this basically comes down to is: “Who are we to judge what people do with their bodies?”. The answer to this question lays in many different sources. The simplified answer is no we can not tell people what they can and can not tell other people what they can and can ot do with their bodies.
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.
As well as the desire to raise awareness for organ donation to as many Australian citizens as possible, the main drive behind my speech is a personal experience with organ donation and the amazing impact it can have on so many lives. In October of 2015, a family friend of mine was rushed to the royal children’s hospital after discovering he had two blood clots on the inside of his heart, and was eventually diagnosed with cardiomyopathy of the left ventricle. 13 year old Brayden and his family quickly discovered that his heart was shutting down, and there was a very slim chance he would survive without a heart transplant
In fact, it is a very complex process that is beneficial to our society. It allows for numerous lives around the world to be saved. In fact, “Each day, about 79 people receive organ transplants” (Organ Donation: The Process). As with any controversial issue, there are myths that have arisen. Unfortunately, due to the complexity and opposing views, there is a scarcity of organs. “18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs” (Organ Donation: The Process). This shortage has in turn led to a prevailing black market. If we continue to focus on solutions that can reduce the shortage as well as efforts to fix any controversial issues, perhaps organ donation will not lead to illegal activity. However, for now we shall focus on what we can do. Each and every one of us has the ability to improve this scarcity. Whether it be educating the public, becoming an organ donor or increasing technology, we can all help. What will you
To confirm the lack of supply in organ transplantation, it is necessary to assemble some evidence, as derived from the eight steps of policy analysis proposed by Bardach. Aside from the statistics previously stated, while comparative to the ethical discrepancy to which people refute the commercialization of organ sale, as presented by The Atlantic, “there’s a large disparity between the number of people who say that they are in support of donation in theory and the number of people who actually register” (Wen). Furthering to imply that the only individuals that are likely to donate are those that have been personally afflicted by the need of organ donation. For example, an individual whose family member needs a heart/kidney/liver. As society begins to advance technologically, there is a growing lack of empathy, a growing lack of care for other individuals. Relying on the few that claim to support organ donation is a form of regression, especially when it is evident that “more than 123,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list of a lifesaving organ transplant” (Facts and Myths), with more individuals “added to the national transplant waiting list
Donating organ to a person in need adds significant years to his life. The donor will be back to his normal life within a week after donation and will have no side effects if treated carefully. Here is an example of Tom Walker, a coach who decided to donate his kidney to one of his team player. Kevin Jordan, a left handed outfielder, was offered admission to Wake Forest University and their baseball team in his senior year at high school. He amazing talent on field was recognized by the baseball coach at Wake Forest, Tom Walker. Summer before college, Kevin was diagnosed with kidney failure and put on dialysis. Even after his parent’s advice to stay with them, Kevin decided to attend college and live life like a normal college kid. During his first semester, he was able to manage practice sessions, attend all classes and time for workout with his team in addition to dialysis. Due to worsening conditions, he discontinued college the next semester. After futile attempts of finding a match within his family and friends, his coach Tom, decided to test for the match with Kevin as they had the same blood group. It matched perfectly and Tom willingly donated his kidney to Kevin. Due to this noble act of kindness from his coach, Kevin can now live a normal life and play for the college like everyone else. Even Tom, is hale and hearty and back as a coach within two weeks after the operation. As the coach was readily willing to donate his kidney, this ended on a