Organ Sales: Opening Up The Market For People To Sell Their Organs

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MMMM, a 10 year old girl, lies in a hospital bed; her kidneys have failed, and she is in her last days of life. Her anguished parents pray that somehow a miracle will take place, and she will get the life-saving kidney she so desperately needs. Meanwhile, down the hall, TTTT, a 16 year old boy, is brought in by ambulance after a car accident; he is brain dead. His parents, in complete and utter shock, arrive at the hospital, and are immediately approached by a slew of doctors bombarding them about donating his organs. His family has not yet had the time to process what is going on, and now they must face their son’s death and the decision about his organs. TTTT’s parents agree to donation, and MMMM’s parents’ prayers are answered. This time the story worked out, but far too often this story would have had a tragic ending for little MMMM. The number of organs needed far outweighs the number of organs received from donation. It is necessary to increase the number of organs available for people like MMMM. The solution to the shortage of organs is opening up the market to allow people to sell their organs.
Recently, attempts have been made to expand the pool of organs by including expanded criteria donors (ECD), these are donors who would not have met the previous criteria standards, the inclusion of living donors (LD), donors who actually undergo surgery and donate their organs while still living, and donors from cardiac death (CD), previously organs from donors who died from a heart attack were not allowed to donate. Still, not enough organs are available to cover the number of people waiting. (Pomfret et al. 745). According to Organdonor.gov, “18 people will die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs” (United States Dept. of Health and Human Services). The United Network For Organ Sharing website, reveals up to the minute statistics with regard to the major discrepancies between those on the waiting transplant list, donated organs, and actual transplants performed (UNOS). The numbers are mind-blowing, and a change is in order to stop this epidemic. Closing the gap gap between the number of patients on the waiting list and the number of actual transplants is vital to decrease the suffering of these patients.
As the system stands now, people who have end stage renal failure (ESRF), the final stage of kidney failure prior to death, must endure excruciating dialysis sessions multiple times a week in order to keep them alive long enough for someone else to die. This is the case for Brianna, as she sits, watching the machines take her blood from her body, recycle it, and pump it back into her for hours on end. Brianna can’t help but think about the consequences of what will happen if she does not get that new kidney in time. She thinks about her options: How can she bypass the current system and get the new kidney she so desperately needs? Brianna wants to live, she wants...

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