When a family member dies, the doctors ask the same universal question: Would you like to donate his or her organs? So why donate? Because every day more than 20 people die because they couldn’t find a donor. In the United States alone, over 121,000 children and adults are waiting for a donated organ that could change their life for the better.
Why donate? This is the question of the month. Alongside being the nationa
l autism month, April is also the “National Donate Life Month”. And doctors are trying to convince people that donating their organs is the best decision that they could make.
Why donate? Because even though you lost a wife, a husband, a child, a family member, a friend, you can always cherish his or her memory by saving the life of another person. Thousands of healthy individuals die each year in road or work accidents. And a significant number of them are young people who never thought about donation or who never considered the possibility that it could happen to them.
So the burden of the decision falls on their family. Depending on the way the person died and the viability of its organs, a single individual can save up to seven lives. And countless others if you think about the fact that all of the non-viable organs are used in research.
Blood vessels, eyes, heart valves, lungs, heart, pericardium, kidneys, liver, intestines, skin, connective tissue, and bones can be transplanted to people that have been waiting for years to get a second chance at life.
Most of the patients present on the transplant list were born with organ defects that tortured them their whole life. A great deal of them are children who never got the chance of experiencing a normal childhood because of a heart defect, or because their kidneys don’t work properly, or their liver was affected by medication.
Even newborn children are on the transplant list. And their health deteriorates faster than, and complications are much more widespread than in the case of adults.
So why donate? Because if a person that already died can save the lives of seven additional ones, then that person is Heaven material. And a part of that individual will live on for many years, a constant reminder that there could be good in this world.
Why donate? Because after we die our organs can be put to better use via donation instead of rotting in the ground, feeding the worms.
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