I interrupt my book reviews to talk about something important. Organ Donation.
I Believe that it is the Right thing to do. I really do. Why Wouldn’t you want to possibly Save someone’s Life? What if it was You or your loved one needing a transplant? It’s just one of those things that I don’t remember Not thinking was a good idea. I don’t know if my parents are donors or not, so this wasn’t something I was taught from the cradle or anything. It’s just… Right.
So. Do you want to donate your organs in the event of your death? For so long I said “Sure” rather than “Yes.” The difference between those two responses was in what I did. I Said sure, but I did’t do anyhting to make it happen. In any random donation conversations I’d say yes I wanted to, but that’s as far as it went. As I sat in the DMV a few weeks ago I read their little ticker thing where it talked about several things I didn’t care about, then it said something about organ donation and gave a website. I thought about how I should look that up that evening. I did say Yes to donation at the DMV, but I didn’t get on the website. Then I read a Book (I will be reviewing that book this weekend). It was a good book, but mostly it reminded me that I Wanted to look more into organ donation. So I did go to the website. It was really just to opt in or out of donation without having to go into the DMV. Fine, I was still opting in. Then I thought to look around some more. And that’s when I found DonateLife.net. It’s a website to help inform people about organ donation. It gives you a little information on your state, such as how to register for organ donation there and whether it requires family approval. In my state ( and the states of my loved ones) family approval is not necessary. So if my husband said No, he would only slow the process instead of stop it. I would hate for that to happen since I’m sure many things are time sensitive, but it’s good to know it won’t be stopped entirely as long as I make my wishes known. I went there and to a few other websites, which I’ll be sure to link you to at the end. There was still a lot of information on there I didn’t know so I did learn a lot, and I know there is still so much more to know. So in the interest of Your knowledge I’m going to share some of these facts.
Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.¹
For any death where organ donation is a possibility and consent is given, there will be a medical assessment of what organs can be recovered. There are no absolute age limits to organ donation. A handful of medical conditions will rule out organ donation, such as HIV-positive status, actively spreading cancer (except for primary brain tumors that have not spread beyond the brain stem), or certain severe, current infections. However, for most other diseases or chronic medical conditions, organ donation remains possible. If donation is not medically feasible, that determination will be made at the time of death. ²
An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.¹
There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.¹
Donated tissues such as skin, bone and heart valves can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives. Tissue donation must be initiated within 24 hours of death. Unlike organs, tissue can be processed and stored for an extended period of time for use in burn cases, ligament repair, bone replacement, etc. One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people. ³
90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor. 4
Now there is plenty more information out there. I’m sure there are also many blogs out there that have given more informative or heartfelt information on organ & tissue donation. Donating LIFE just seems like the Right thing to do. So why Wouldn’t I dedicate a blog post, add a new button to my sidebar, and attempt to spread the word? Now for the links & my sources:
Transplant Living —- gives a lot of interesting transplant information. including this page about the organs available for transplant, what diseases cause the transplant to be needed, and even how many people are waiting for which organs as of June 25th. I had no idea how many people are waiting on kidneys compared to the other organs.
So if tissue and organ donation is something you are interested in doing, then stop saying Sure. Start saying Yes. Go to Donate Life’s Commit to Donation page and select your state to get more information about what you need to do. Talk to your friends and family and let them know this is what you believe is right. If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor and maybe he/she can give you some insight on how your condition would affect donation. Say Yes. You may be a perfect candidate with many viable organs, or you may only donate one organ that could change one person’s Life. But isn’t one life worth it?
(this was also posted on my personal blog)