Effects on Organ Donation Essay

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EFFECTS OF ORGAN DONATION
FACTS ABOUT ORGAN DONATION * Like any surgery, after the donation procedure, the wound is closed and no visible mark is present as a tell-tale sign of the surgery. * The organs are removed only after the patient is declared brain dead and within 12 to 24 hours, the organs are removed for transplantation. * The success rate of organ transplantation on an average is between 75% to 85%. * Kidney, lungs, heart, skin, pancreas, liver, bones, eyes and intestines etc. can be donated. The donor family doesn't have to bear the cost of the surgery. * Anyone from a newborn to a 65 year old can donate their organs. Up to 95% of eye donation receivers can see again. * According to the U.S. Department
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He lost his job because he could no longer lift heavy boxes. He had to sell his house and came close to bankruptcy.

"I'm in constant pain from the surgeries I've had. I can't even move around in bed," said Wood, 45, who now lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Arielle Dove decided to donate a kidney to someone in need after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and found a match through a living donor message board on the Internet. Today she is sick. She regularly vomits and is lethargic and dizzy. She also is angry. The man who got her kidney reneged on a promise to cover her expenses that were not paid for by his insurance.

"I volunteered to put my life on the line and I guess I've given up my good health for this and nobody seems to care," she said. "It's really hard not to cry."

Michelle Glasgow in Billings, Mont. - herself a doctor - had horrible pain in her side after donating a kidney to her brother. She lost 45 pounds over five months. "It was just too painful to eat," she explained.

"In the beginning they love you. They need you to do the transplant," she said of her transplant doctors. "Afterward, their attitude toward you is, `We're done with you. Move on. We have more people."'

The reactions from transplant surgeons vary widely. Dr. Thomas Bak, a Denver surgeon who cared for Glasgow, said he had no idea she felt so negative about her experience.

"You feel directly responsible for the follow-up care," Bak said. "At the same time, if that person breaks

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