Around the globe thousands of people are placed on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant, for some people the waiting process can be very long, and for others it can be short. To many people having someone give a gift of an organ donation is known has a second chance, a fresh start, and a new beginning at living a normal life again.
Every year people on the wait list increase in numbers due to lack of organ donation shortages therefore, finding a donor becomes difficult because in order to receive a transplant the recipient must be compatible with his or her donor in several ways.
In order to have a successful transplant the donor must have the same blood type, tissue type, the right size of organ, and be close in age with the recipient (Finn, 1992). Compatibility is very important when it comes to organ transplants because, if the donor and the recipient are not well matched then this can lead to the recipient’s immune system attacking the new organ known as organ rejection making the transplant unsuccessful (Organ Rejection, 2006).
Due to organ shortages it takes the hospital twice has long to find donors with the right organs that are needed for the recipient’s transplant, and are compatible as well.
Organ transplant consist of donating the liver, kidneys, corneas, heart, pancreas, lungs, and intestines to a recipient that is severely ill or in need of a transplant (What Can Be Donated, 1999). Generally, the reality is countless of people are dying each year because they are placed on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant which usually never reaches the person in time due to organ shortages.
Therefore, if more people got involved with organ donations there would be less of a wait time which would equal more lives being saved, and it would not take as long to find donor’s who are well matched to recipient’s in need of a transplant.
Organ donations are encouraged by various facilities because, it’s a positive way to get people interested in donating, and improve organ donation shortages. Unfortunately even with the different facilities attempts to spread the word about organ donations the shortages still continue to dwindle in numbers, and people continue to die while waiting for an organ donor to be found ( UNOS, 2009).
There are several reasons that contribute to the causes of organ donation shortages a few of these reason can be mended, repaired, and fixed while other reasons are the result of personal choice.
Different religions have view points about organ donation some religions tend to agree with the process, and other’s do not. Some religion agrees with organ donation because, it is viewed as a self sacrifice to help another person who is in need while other religions believe that a body, and its parts should remain intact for crossing over to the next life ( Religious Views on Donation, 1995).
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