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Being an Organ Donor or Not

posted Mar 28, 2018, 7:13 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 7:21 AM ]

By: Alexis Cullen

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    When a person goes and gets their license for the first time, they are asked if they want to be an applicable organ donor. The choice is completely up to that person but could being an organ donor potentially save the lives of numerous people who are in critical need?

    Approximately 100,000 people in the United States have been on a national waiting list for an organ transplant.

    According Mayoclinic.org, it is estimated that about 21 patients in the United States die each day due to the lack of donor organs.

    There are many myths that make most people skeptical of the idea of being an organ donor. Some people believe that if it is seen that a person is an organ donor, then the ambulance and or hospital staff will not work as hard to save their life. This is false because it is their jobs and it is in their hands to treat someone who needs help, no matter if they are an organ donor or not.

    Mayoclinic.org states that a person could save up to fifty lives by donating organs after they die.

    Organs and tissues that can be donated include the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone and heart valves, according to quora.com.

    Being an organ donor has several upsides, and if a person agrees with these facts then possibly allowing a transplant and donation after death could potentially save the lives of many people that have been patiently waiting on a list.


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