This is an altruistic post by Aishwarya @ aishwaryasivakumar . I think everyone should consider “organ donation” as part of their “end of life” plan. This is like your last ditch effort at giving back . I think it’s a little selfish to allow your perfectly functioning organs to rot 6 feet under when it can extend the life of several other people and make their families happy. But then again, you have no control if it ends up in the hands (or bodies) of criminals, but that would be a whole different topic altogether. No offense meant. Some people don’t just think about these things. Maybe they don’t think ahead, or maybe they’re scared, or maybe it’s their religious conviction that stops them. Either way, others have reasons that they feel are valid so I won’t argue with that.
Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. Experts say that the organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people. Most organ and tissue donations occur after the donor has died. But some organs and tissues can be donated while the donor is alive.
People of all ages and background can be organ donors. If you are under age 18, your parent or guardian must give you permission to become a donor. If you are 18 or older you can show you want to be a donor by signing a donor card. You should also let your family know your wishes. For more info you may check UNOS.org .
And before you say no… it’s good to know that…
HOW TO BECOME A DONOR
The most important thing to do is to sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state’s donor registry.
To cover all bases, it’s also helpful to:
- Designate your decision on your driver’s license
- Tell your family about your donation decision
- Tell your physician, faith leader, and friends
- Include donation in your advance directives, will, and living will
LIVE LAUGH … BELLE PAPILLON
“You soon learn there’s no elegance or dignity in death if you spend time in the castle kitchens. You learn how ugly it is, and how good it tastes.” – Mark Lawrence in Prince of Thorns
I have been thinking about organ donation for a while. I have also been pursuing this issue with my parents. As heartless as it might sound, I want my parents to donate their organs once they die. And I will do the same when I die. The argument in favour of this is only one – someone else lives while you die. I guess it is reason good enough.
It is appalling that almost 500,000 people die in India every year because they don’t receive an organ when they need it. It is depressing. Lives that can be saved but aren’t! Strange myths confusing religion and organ donation waft through the air in this country…
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