Organ Donation Essay

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Organ Donation

Today in the United States there are thousands of people currently waiting for some type of transplant. If one were to ask a group of people if they have friends or family who have either had a transplant or are waiting for one, one would find that most people know at least one person who has had a transplant or is waiting for one. Transplantation is a great advance in modern medicine. The need for organ donors is much larger than the number of people who sign up to donate their organs in the case of an accident. According to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1995-2009), "Every day in the United States 17 people die waiting for an organ and more than 80,000 men, women, and children await life-saving organ transplants.” Choosing to be an organ donor, or making the decision when a loved one passes to donate his or her organs, is a much needed resource for those patients waiting for life saving transplants.

According to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1995-2009), “Organ donation is the process of surgically removing an organ or tissue from one person, the organ donor, and placing it into another person, the recipient. Transplantation is necessary because the recipient’s organ has failed or has been damaged by disease or injury.” The organs that are used for donation are the liver, the kidneys, the pancreas, the heart, and lungs. The tissues and other items that are used for donation are the intestines, the cornea, the middle ear, skin, bones, bone marrow, heart valves, and connective tissue

The Organization that maintains the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Through the UNOS Organ Center, organ donors are matched to waiting recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When an individual is put on life support, and an organ becomes available, the local organ procurement organization (OPO) sends the patient’s medical and genetic information to...
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