Essay On Organ Donation

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A patient arrives at the ER and is declared brain dead. The family is notified and the possibility of posthumous organ donation is discussed. The family allows the appropriate medical team to determine whether the deceased would be a viable candidate for donation. The family is still able to have an open-casket funeral. Through donation, the deceased patient has saved several lives. Unfortunately, many people in the United States and all over the world are in need of organ transplants. As there are not enough committed potential donors, the general public needs to understand the need for donations and the practical and beneficial solutions to this problem. Organ transplantations can save lives. It is an accepted medical treatment …show more content…
Some people might think that if their organs are donated posthumously, their body will be disfigured. Others think that doctors might not try as hard to save them if they are an organ donor. Still others are worried about the possible effects on their family. Whether their family will have to pay for their donation or if their family could get in trouble if something goes wrong. What would happen to their organs if they are removed and then the doctors decide the organs are useless? The worry that someone 's organs could be removed before actual death occurs is a large …show more content…
Some states leave the final decision to the family after a patient 's death. The amount of organ donors may increase if there is more attention on the subject. Maybe doctors should bring it up during an appointment. Perhaps if organ donors are compensated, more people will donate and more lives will be saved. The 1984 National Organ Transplant Act makes this illegal. The consequences are 5 years in prison or a $50,000 fine (Lehmann). Some people say a reexamination of this law could prevent many people from suffering or passing away while waiting for an organ transplant. Others say it would add to the cost of an already expensive procedure and give those with more money an unfair advantage. If everyone would register to donate their organs after death, the need for donated organs could be greatly decreased. There really is no reason not to donate organs after death

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