How do you feel when you have to wait for something that you really, really want? What if it was something you couldn’t live without? Imagine you are lying in a hospital bed and you have no choice but to impatiently wait for that one organ you and your body are depending on to survive. Many people face this struggle every day. These people are waiting on a list for their perfect match… the perfect person to be their organ donor. An organ donor is a person who has an organ, or several organs, removed in ordered to be transplanted into another person.
Imagine that one of your loved ones are in the hospital… they’re very sick and you don’t know what is wrong. The doctor comes in and tells you that your loved one is having kidney failure and they will die unless they can get a transplant. There are over 101,000 other people on a waiting list for an organ and over 55,000 on the list for a kidney. Wouldn’t you give them a kidney if you could? How would you feel knowing that if they couldn’t get that kidney they would die? It hurts losing somebody you care about, and if it hasn’t happened to you yet, then you are one of the more lucky people in the world. If you become an organ donor you can help out these struggling people and their families. You don’t need any of your organs once you die, so why not give away what you can to help? Wouldn’t you want to be helped? By donating your organs, you are losing nothing. However you will die knowing that you saved somebody else’s life, which is one of the most heroic things you could possibly do.
People all over the country need organ transplants. The problem is, is that there are a lack of organ donors who make organ transplants possible. The demand for many organs and tissues such as the heart, lungs, liver, and pancreas, grows each and every day. One person’s name is added to the national waiting list every sixteen minutes. (http://www.nationalmottep.org/statistics.shtml) However, nineteen people on that list die each...
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