50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
April 9, 2013
Mr. Bob Smith
Health Service Secretary
1145 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Dear Mr. Smith
FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE HSS SECRETARY
Organ donation is a compassionate way to give back to others, being able to make a huge difference by giving another person a second chance to live. The number of patients waiting for organs far exceeds the number of people who have registered to become organ donors. What’s worse, Patients are forced to wait months, even years for a match, and far too many die before they are provided with a suitable organ. In fact, in 2011, a total of 597 people died in New York State while waiting for organ transplants. This means that someone died every 15 hours in the state because of the organ donor shortage. As a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, I believe that becoming an organ donor after death is not only an important decision for yourself, but it is also an important decision for the life that you may have the power to save.
Organ transplants takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. It usually occurs for patients with kidney or liver failure, or eventually heart or lung malfunctions. For patients who need a kidney or a liver, a living donor’s organ can be utilized; since we are already born with an extra kidney and the liver naturally regenerate. Moreover, a transplant is usually the last course of action in the treatment of a patient, but if the patient is willing and able, it can be a good option. However, a match is made when both the donor and the receiver have the same blood and tissue type, and other medical factors are considered depending on the specific needs for each case. Also, how long a patient has been waiting for an organ is a big factor when choosing who will get which...
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