Essay on The Global Need for Organ Donations

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There is an immense shortage of organs available for donation. This shortage is not just in the United States, but it is all over the world. In fact, other countries have already attempted to find a solution to this epidemic. Singapore is literally paying donors thousands of dollars for donating organs. Israel has implemented a system that puts people who opt out of the donor system at the bottom of the transplant list if they were to ever need an organ. (1) These new ideas seem to be pretty radical, but what is America doing to solve this issue? In the past America has implemented educational programs for the public regarding the need and benefits of organ donation, as well as pushed for a system of “rewarded gifting” for the family from …show more content…
If my brother were to get in an a horrible accident requiring him to get a kidney transplant in the next few hours to live, it would be great to know that the next passing of someone could possibly save his life. This is much better than my brother having to wait days, maybe even weeks or months, in the organ transplant list and possibly dying before ever getting the organ he needed. If the person who died gave his organs, then only one life would be lost, sparing the others that he or she saved. This idea does seem far-reaching, but I can guarantee that it would save thousands of lives. If a bill were to be put to vote on the requiring organ donation upon death, I would definitely vote in favor it. This bill would probably never come to be because Americans are very against being forced to do something they don’t want to do. In lieu of this radical idea, I believe paired organ donation would be a good, more accepting alternative. In paired donor exchange, a donor exchanges his or her organ with the living donor from another incompatible donor/recipient pair to create two compatible pairs. (3) If the brother I spoke of earlier needed a new kidney and I was willing to donate one of my kidneys, but our blood types weren’t a match, then we would be out of luck and he would have to be put on the transplant list. With paired organ donation, I can give my kidney to a husband who needs a kidney transplant and has my blood type, but not his wife’s, and she would give my

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