Have you ever been to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and asked if you would like to be an organ donor? How has that question made you feel? Did it cause you to think about your answer; or were you quick with a no/yes? Before you made your decision, did you take into consideration that by choosing “yes,” you could potentially save up to eight lives? Or did you make the false assumption that your medical treatment wouldn’t be as thorough if you become a donor? Maybe the medical professionals just wouldn’t try quite as hard to save you? Organ donation not only benefits recipients by extending their lives, but also the donor’s own grieving family by letting their loved one live on through others.
By checking “yes” and becoming an organ donor, a living person can donate a kidney or part of the liver, a lung, an intestine, blood or bone marrow (Transplant). A person can also donate the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, small intestine, corneas, skin, veins, heart valves, tendons, ligaments, and bones (Transplant). Many people are waiting for these life-saving transplants, but sadly, most will not live long enough to receive a transplant due to so few donors (Transplant). In fact, 18 waiting recipients will die each day due to lack of organ donations (Organ, WomensHealth). A lot of people refuse to become organ donors because of miseducation.
The most widely known misconception associated with organ donation is that a donor will not receive the same medical treatment as a non-donor. Many people are lead to believe that doctors won’t put in much of an effort to save the life of a patient if that patient is an organ donor; yet this is completely false. In actuality, organ donors receive the same treatment as any other patient and are not considered deceased until they have passed away. And no death certificate is signed until that person is deceased (Organ, Mayo).
Religion plays a big factor in organ donation as well. Some people base their everyday decisions around their religious beliefs. Many religions consider organ donations a gift and see that people do it out of the kindness of their hearts. Others, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, refuse any blood transfusions, which impacts their feasibility of receiving a donated organ (Sack). One example is that of a Jehovah’s Witness woman who refused a potentially life-saving organ donation with a blood transfusion because of her religious beliefs. Doctors proceeded to do the transplant, without blood, making it a much more risky procedure. Some people are willing to choose death before they go against their beliefs. Some are not lucky enough to choose death, but rather death may choose them.
Not all organ transplants go as planned or are successful. Sometimes the body will reject the transplant. It is very important to understand the mechanisms of the body and the procedure the recipient is having done in case this was to happen. If the rejection is diagnosed early enough, the correct...