Central Idea/Thesis: Organ donation is an important decision not only for the donor, but it is a significant decision for the life that you have the potential to save as well.
I. Almost everyone would like to be considered a hero. When someone is a hero they are considered to be someone who is willingly able to risk their life to help and save someone else, whom they know or never met. They want to be able to say “I have saved a life.” By becoming an organ donor you will be able to say I am a hero because you will save a life. Organ donation is a selfless act; that makes a huge difference in peoples lives. Organ donation gives another person a second chance at life. Today there is an unfortunate number of patients waiting for organs; this number exceeds the number of people who are registered to be organ donors. Patients waiting for organs wait months sometimes years for a match. Many of these patients pass away before they find one. Organ donation is a topic that most people are not well informed, as result many people refuse to be an organ donor. To better understand this topic I will inform you what organ donation is, how it works and how you can become an organ donor and what organs or tissues you can donate.
TRANSITION: First, I will explain what organ donation is and how it works.
II. What organ donation is and how it works
a) Organ donation is when healthy organs and tissues are transplanted from one person to another.
b) Organs that can be donated include: kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, skin, bone, bone marrow, and cornea (medlineplus.com).
c) Organ donations are for patients with kidney failure, heart disease, lung disease, and cirrohosis of the liver. For patients who need a kidney or a liver, a living donor’s organs can be used.
1. Humans are born with an extra kidney.
2. The liver is regenerative.
3. The heart, lung, pancreas or cornea must come from a deceased donor (discoveryhealth.com)
4. Transplant is the last treatment for a patient, if the patient consents for organ transplant they are put on a list by the United Network for Organ Sharing.
d) Acceptable donors are people that are brain dead but are still on life...