Essay Organ Donation

717 Words May 1st, 2016 3 Pages
Is Organ Donation Free? 19 Things You Should Know About Being an Organ Donor
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George Carlin once joked that he’d never become an organ donor because, if he ever got into a serious accident, the paramedic would be “looking for parts” instead of trying to save his life. A good routine, but also a documented urban legend. Doctors will, of course, do everything within their power to save you when you need it — but if what you need is an organ, there’s only so much they can do.
There’s a worldwide organ shortage, and it’s not unlikely that you’ll need one some day. In fact, from a statistical standpoint, you’re more likely to require a transplant at some point during your than you are to become a
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8. In Israel and Singapore, by contrast, people who don’t opt in to the organ donor system are automatically placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
9. The majority of organ transplants come from dead donors. Unfortunately, this means that lower crime rates and safer cars have made the organ shortage worse.
10. In addition to kidneys, living people can donate parts of the lungs, liver, intestines, and pancreas. Blood and bone marrow, while not technically organs, can also be given when you’re still alive.
11. One organ donor can potentially save the lives of eight people.
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— IrishKidneyAssoc. (@IrishKidneyAs) July 10, 2014
12. Xenotransplantation — that is, taking organs from animals and putting them into humans — could potentially solve the global organ shortage, but it hasn’t successfully been done (all recipients have died within days or weeks), and it’s unclear whether it’ll ever be viable. A big risk is the transmission of animal-specific diseases to the human population; in addition, since animals generally don’t live as long as humans, their organs aren’t meant to last as long, either.
13. Most people, no matter their age, are eligible to be organ donors. However, a few categories of potential donors are excluded, including people with HIV, spreading brain cancer, and certain other

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