Introduction: Almost everyone would want to be able to say I have saved a life. But by becoming an organ donor, you can be able to say “I will save a life.” Organ donation is a selfless way to give back to others, and to be able to make a huge difference by giving another person a second chance at life. Unfortunately, the number of patients waiting for organs far exceeds the number of people who have registered to become organ donors. Patients are forced to wait months, even years for a match, and far too many die before they are provided with a suitable organ. There are many shames related to organ donation, but most of them are quite false, and in order to be well informed, you must know what organ donation is, how it works as well as how you can become an organ donor and what organs or tissues you can donate. 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 be able to save.
* Main Point 1- What organ donation is and how it works
1. Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for replacement into another. Organs you can donate are, kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, skin, bone, bone marrow, and cornea (the front part of the eye). [source: medlineplus.com] 2. Organ donations usually occur for patients with kidney failure, heart disease, lung disease, and failed of the liver. For patients who need a kidney or a liver, a living donor’s organs can be used, since we are already born with an extra kidney and the liver is a upside. However, if the patient needs a heart, lung, pancreas or cornea, the organ needs to come from a dead donor. [source: discoveryhealth.com] 3. 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. If the patient agrees to an organ transplant, doctors put the patient’s name on a list by the...