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Carry a Donor Card and Give the Greatest Gift, The Gift of Life
Organ Donor Register
Member Name: Joe1976
Organ Donor Register
Date: 30/06/08, updated on 30/06/08 (112 review reads)
Advantages: Too Many to List
Disadvantages: Again, Too Many Too List
Being a sufferer of a kidney disease, I dread the day that comes when I'm told that I may need a transplant, trouble is, no-one wants to donate their dead and dying loved ones organs, but yet everyone thinks its a great idea.(some cases don't require someone to be dying ie a kidney or bone marrow transplant) - 90% of the UK think donor cards are a great thing, trouble being, only 10% carry one.
----Organs for Sale----
I have already told my partner that I'll be on a first class trip to India or China for a suitable organ as the waiting lists/times and lack of REAL donors in the UK means most people who need a transplant, can't get one or are too late.
To elaborate on this; I would not go over to some poor third world/developing country and demand an organ from someone desperate for money to feed his/her family, I would put my trust in the hands of the NHS until "ALL" avenues were exhausted.
If I was left with no choice other than to do this, I would be hesitant, but would most definitely consider doing so.
-mum2boys82- comment about the current organ donor card situation, points out how shambolic the current system is, if you are a donor and carry a card, and wish to donate after your death, your partner or family can over-ride this decision, with the death of a loved one, and emotions running high, I can sympathize why people would want to do this.
George Best was fast tracked for a liver transplant only because he was George Best, had that been Jane or Joe public, it would be straight to the back of the queue.
After he received his transplant, he hit the bottle AGAIN....
In an ideal world, everyone who is fit and healthy would carry a donor card, but it isn't an ideal world. To qualify for an organ in the UK, the recipient should cut any bad habits out, drinking/smoking/drug abuse, take all medications they are asked to take and do anything that could, in the mean time, keep them hanging on in there.
----It Could Be You----
Until you or someone you love has been told that a dodgy ticker, too much drinking or bad luck, will have you needing a transplant, does the message really hit home.
Giving blood is the first thing anyone can do to help carry the burden of donating, giving blood only takes 10 minutes, and you get a free tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream for every 5 pints you donate (last time i checked).
If you're reading this thinking I haven't the time, I'm too scared or whatever other reason to avoid carrying a donor card or giving blood, remember one day, you or your partner, or god forbid, both of you may be on a hospital bed needing multiple transfusions or a transplant to stay alive.
I'd love to see organ donor cards made compulsory, some religions are against it, though a Mormon father/mother, for instance whose child was in dire need of a transplant, may quickly change his/her mind for the chance to prolong their child's life.
----The "Gift of Life"----
As ever, subjects like this are always fraught with theological and idealogical arguement, no matter how you cut it, the gift of a donor organ is the best thing anyone can give, it really is the gift of life, and part of that person really does live on inside the recipient.
Go on be a donor card holder, chances are, you won't be here, but part of you will live on.
Summary: Filling a Card in Takes 5 Minutes, It Could Benefit Someone A Lifetime