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    12-21-2008, 05:19 PM
would you?

I was just reading a story in Cosmo about a girl that was really sick and only had 24 hours left to live, and needed a new liver. A little girl (18 months I think) died of a brain tumor and her parents donated her organs. This girl got the liver and she is new 26 or so and she met the family that donated the organs. It was a great story and really made me think.

I know no one wants to think about it, but when you die would you want your organs donated? Personally yes, I would. If my organs could save someones life, then why not? I wouldn't need them anymore anyway so why waste them?

What about you guys?
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    12-21-2008, 05:23 PM
I'm completely with you! Why keep what you can't take with yah?
    12-21-2008, 06:17 PM
Green Broke
If I was dead yes I would deffinitly donate them. If I was living and someone needed...say a kidney, it would really depend on who it is to get me to donate it.
    12-21-2008, 06:36 PM
I am listed as an organ donor. I figure why hold on to something that is completely useless to me but could save someone elses life.

As with ginger though I would have to think about it if I was still alive. I would give my husband or close family a kidney or bone marrow or something if they needed it though
    12-21-2008, 06:54 PM
I am an organ donor. I see absolutely no reason why you should not be. If you have religious concerns about an untouched body, I think you should weigh up the chances of you being in a situation where you are able to donate (extremely rare) and the good it will do, against whatever spiritual suffering will happen as a result.

Here in the UK, when you get your driving license you're asked if you want to become a donor. Many of my friends wanted to donate everything except their eyes. My mum is the recipient of a corneal graft, and corneas are quite unusual in transplants in terms of how broadly applicable they are. I managed to persuade all my friends to sign up to donate their eyes also :)

Because the cornea is little more than a lens, and has no blood vessels in it, they can be stored for much longer than other organs. The Bristol Eye Hospital has a cornea bank. Because they don't have blood vessels you do not need the exact tissue match that other organs require, and whilst my mum is unable to give blood now, she has never had to take any kind of immunosuppressant drug and never will.

The UK is considering moving to a system of presumed consent, but many report that what we actually need are lots more transplant co-ordinators.
    12-21-2008, 07:40 PM
Super Moderator
If I died I would of course. When I'm alive the question is harder... I'm sorry but I think that I daren't But if the person who needed an organ would be very familiar for me it could be very hard to decide what to do.
    12-21-2008, 08:11 PM
I, along with my whole family, are organ donors. I probably wont need any of my body parts once I am dead!
    12-21-2008, 10:23 PM
I agree with all of you. I think not donating your organs when you die is a little selfish since there are so many people out there who need them, and you obviously don't need them anymore.
But when you're alive, I agree, I myself don't know what I'd do. If it were family who needed a kidney or something and I was the only one who had a match then I would weigh the pros and cons, but I'd probably do it.
Donating blood is nothing, I am used to needles. So of course I'd do that.
    12-21-2008, 10:56 PM
I've been an organ donor since I got my driver's license 12 years ago. I believe many lives can be saved, and that it's a very special gift. I feel very happy knowing that another family(or families) can have renewed hope, and I know that it would ease the pain of my loved ones, knowing that my spirit lives on in someone else. It is, however, a very serious decision, and one that should be discussed with family and friends.
    12-22-2008, 07:40 AM
If you're in a situation whereby organ donation is a possibility (e.g. Braindead), the hospital will almost certainly be talking to your family. My mum, dad and I are all very clear on what we want to happen: take the organs, as many as you can.

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