Mandatory Organ Donation sounds wrong doesn’t it? Nearly 115,000 people die every year waiting for an organ transplant. That amount of death could be resolved by making donation mandatory. According to the American Transplant Foundation a new name is added to the Transplant waiting list every ten minutes. Meaning 240 people will be added to the transplant list every single day. 87,600 people a year will need an organ transplant. The statistics are proof of just how much we need this. Religion is one of the main factors that people can not be a donor or even receive a transplant.The Percentage of other healthy and capable Americans that have no reason they can’t donate,other than the fact that they don’t want to because they find it crude or they just simply aren’t educated about it.
20 people die everyday from a lack of available organs, and from just one deceased donor eight lives can be saved. UNOS.org says that there are 114,621 people on the waiting list. There are only 13,041 donors, Meaning only 64,835 people will get the life saving transplant that they need. 4 out of 5 donations come from the deceased, 1 out of 5 comes from the living. 95% of Americans support Organ donation and only 1. The information should be made easier to get as far as handing out brochures on how and what donors do. “They can not take your skin, eyes, bones, or tissue while you are living. However they can take a kidney, and pieces of other organs to grow in the recipient’s body” according to Organdonor.org.
Religion is one of the leading factors people can not seem to be able to donate or receive however, “Jehovah’s Witnesses are often assumed to be opposed to donation because of their belief against blood transfusion. However, this merely means that all blood must be removed from the organs and tissues before being transplanted.” as www.donorrecovery.org says. The Amish can even receive even against the popular opinion that they can not. “The Amish consent to donation if they know it is for the health and welfare of the transplant recipient.” www.donorrecovery.org says. As long as this is being done for the right reasons no one is going to completely refuse. This is Life or Death after all. With knowing that the reasons not to be a donor are crumbling.
There are many myths about organ donation but the few educated people know how to disprove them. Many people believe that there is an extra cost among the funeral for organ donation, but UNOS.org says “There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for organ and tissue donation.” Meaning the recipient gets the cost for the organ and the surgery. “A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs. Organs are matched by blood and tissue typing, organ size, medical urgency, waiting time and geographic location.”UNOS.org. So the scenes in Grey’s Anatomy where they are stealing and thinking of ways to steal organs does not happen in real life. Education about organ donation is one of the smartest things to do before you write it off completely. When you die and you go in for an autopsy they are going to take out, weigh, and throw your organs in a bag to rot within you. So as far as the crude nature of the process and the people thinking they are being “harvested” does not happen. So which way is more crude? Would it not be better if you knew that you were saving up to as many as eight people’s lives?
Organ donation is a second chance for someone, But yet only 54% of Americans sign up to be a donor. So in conclusion I agree that organ donation should be mandatory, for the benefit of the people that really need it. Organ donation isn’t something that will ever run out, not enough people know about it. Let’s not let our future diminish because we don’t take the time to be educated about donation.