In the process of giving bone marrow to my dad, I have discovered that we all have the power to change and possibly save a human life. Perhaps our hearts and minds, like fresh new cells, can open up a new world of possibility -- both for the one who receives the gift, and for the one who gives.
Organ donation is an important part of our giving back to those who are awaiting a functioning organ when our bodies no longer have need of those organs. It is also a very individual and private decision that one should consider while one is still healthy.
With little money to spare, I'm looking for a cheap way to die and have heard that donating my body to science is free, not to mention it benefits medical research. What can you tell me about body donations?
It was a brisk December morning when I received the call that I had received a heart from the transplant waiting list. A few days later, I woke up receiving word that I had also become the recipient of successful dual heart and kidney transplant.
Be a donor. It's an incredible act of generosity and courage. But there's also anxiety and worry. When it goes well, you are rewarded with the joy of seeing your recipient with newfound energy and a love of life. They got a second chance because of you.
More than 100,000 patients are on the waiting list for solid organ transplants, but in 2011 there were just 28,465 transplants completed. And the shortage is only worsening as the numbers of available organs continues to drop, both from living and deceased donors.
I realize that a lot of people have issues with organ donation. But I think those who are promoting it, need to think about those on the frontlines and make sure their worthy efforts aren't being cobbled at the very last moment.