Essay on Ethical Implications Of Organ Transplantation

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An Altruistic Approach to Saving a Life Must Not Endanger The Well-Being of Another.
The thought of watching a loved one struggling as a vital organ diminishes can perhaps be just as difficult for some as actually experiencing it first-hand. Adding a sense of desperation to this unfortunate experience is the fact that the waiting list continues to grow exponentially larger than the list of matched viable donors. In fact, more will die waiting than those that will be selected for organ transplantation. Based on an article written by Samadi (2012), by March of 2012 there were 113,115 patients waiting for organ availability (para. 2). Considering the number of patients on the waiting list is without a doubt an eye opening statistic that only compounds when compared to the 122, 385 waiting and only 5,975 donors in 2015 according to the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (2015). There is no wonder desperation becomes the mitigating factor for organ transplantation and as one piece fits into another a new dilemma surfaces, potentially endangering the organ recipient. The necessity for viable organs outweighs the current supply, a demand that creates profiteering on the black market, further exploiting the desperation of the individual and consequently endangers both the donor and recipient, as there are no regulations to safeguard against transmissible diseases.
When looking at the numbers that make up the growing list of recipients in the United States alone, it is easy…

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