I want you to imagine watching a loved one…your grandparent, parent, spouse or significant other, even your own child, dying because one of their vital organs has quit working. Maybe because of a disease or an accident, maybe for a reason that cannot be explained, without any warning. The only chance of this person surviving is through an organ transplant, but there aren’t any available.
By a show of hands, how many of you are organ donors?
I. There are 11 body parts that can be successfully transplanted :
A. Heart, heart valves, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver, intestines, skin, bone marrow, Connective tissue, corneas.
B. CBS News recorded the first organ transplant that was performed on December 23, 1954. The transplant was done on a kidney. In the last 54 years, there have been More than 400,000 kidney transplants performed.
Reasons to be an organ donor :
A. According to OPTN.org, as of today, there are 100,396 candidates on the waiting list for transplants. According to the American Heart Association, there is a name added to the list every 16 minutes.
B. There is no charge for taking your organs after your death. Being a donor will actually save you money because you get a discount on your driver’s license.
From the financial aspect of things, your organs cannot be sold. But, unfortunately organs are sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars on the black market.
C. You should definitely let someone know if you are or want to be an organ donor.
Whether you are rich or poor, men or women and we are all the same inside. We have 2 kidneys, 2 lungs and 1 heart. However, imagine you have to wait for something you really need. And it came down to life or death may I asked how do you feel? Well, my cousin/Emily was 3 years old when she found out she needed a new kidney. She went on the organ waiting list right away. She was called once during a six month time period that the hospital had a kidney available but only to find out that it is a good match. Unfortunately, it is not a good match. After 13months waiting and she finally got a good match. This story had a happy ending but so many are not. Today I’d like to talk to you about first, the need for organ donors in our area, second, how you can become an organ donor after you die, and finally, how your family and organ donor recipients benefit from your donation. BODY
I. People around the world but also right here in California and around the States need organ transplants and they need our help. A. The problem is that there is a lack of organs and organ donors who make organ transplantation possible. 1. The need is many organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and etc. 2. Each day, an average of 75 people received organ transplants. However, an average of 20 people dies each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of shortage of donated organs. a. According to orgondonor.gov. The problem is that 20 people will die each day waiting for an organ transplant according to data from Organ donor website. b. The reason is only 5% of the donors had been registered. Where the candidate that waiting for the organ donors are 110,582. I got the number from United Network Organ Sharing (http://www.unos.org) c. You can choose to donate any needed organs or you can specify which organs or tissues you wish to donate. 2. Organ donation is very important.
a. The following poem by Robert Test entitled, “To Remember Me,” shows the importance of organ donation. “Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman. Give my heart to a person whose heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain… Take my bones, every muscle,...
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