SAVING LIVES WITH ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

My dear friend Tony suffered from liver failure and desperately needed an organ transplant.  He had slipped into a coma for the third time and we all thought it was over.  Finally, at the last moment, a suitable liver was found and Tony was blessed with 10 extra years of life.  After he died, his organs were donated to save someone else.

 ♥ Ode  to Tony

There are far more people in need of organ transplants than people willing to donate.  This can be attributed to fear, ignorance, religious objections, apathy, etc.  

The world-renowned Mayo Clinic in the U.S. addresses some myths and misconceptions:
[Please note:  Costs mentioned in the article are applicable to the U.S.A. only.]

“It can be hard to think about what’s going to happen to your body after you die, let alone donating your organs and tissue. But being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver. If you’ve never considered organ donation or delayed becoming a donor because of possibly inaccurate information, here are answers to some common organ donation myths and concerns.” – continue reading HERE

It’s easy to sign up and most countries have websites to facilitate this, as well as organ donor consent forms with driver’s licence renewals.

Here’s a few:

Australia & New Zealand

Canada

Germany

India

United Kingdom

United States

I registered years ago and hope you’ll consider doing so as well, if you haven’t already. 

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What are your thoughts about organ donations?

Looking forward to your comments!

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This article is part of the Write Tribe Blog Carnival 3rd edition,
#WorldOrganDonationDay, hosted by Vidya Sury.  

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Debbie

The “Doglady”. Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada. Writer/blogger, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature & cinema buff. Eternal hippie/rockchick. Bi-national, German/Canadian and multilingual. Currently working on a memoir of the dogs she has known during her years as a pet sitter, along with other memoirs and creative writing pieces.

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25 Responses to SAVING LIVES WITH ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

  1. God bless your friend Debbie. And what a perfect post for organ donation with all the registration links in one place !
    Richa Singh recently posted…Five fears on an uneventful ThursdayMy Profile

  2. Hey Debbie,

    I registered years ago as well and I know one friend right now on the list for an organ. We continue to pray for her that it will come through but you’re right, there is definitely a shortage. I wish everyone would register because we definitely don’t need them anymore after we’re gone. If they could save a life then that’s the best gift any of us could give.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hi Adrienne; Good for you! I hope your friend makes it. Tony almost died waiting for a new liver, but finally got one at the last minute. There just aren’t enough people registered, especially here in Canada. Many European countries have “opt-out” rather than “opt-in” systems, so their donor percentages are much higher. Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend. :)
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  3. We all should be donors by default I feel..but it’s just me…
    nabanita recently posted…Sailing through with Sheer WillpowerMy Profile

    • I agree with you and some countries do have that system, primarily in Europe. From Wikipedia: “As of 2010, 24 European countries have some form of presumed consent (opt-out) system, with the most prominent and limited opt-out systems in Spain, Austria, and Belgium yielding high donor rates.” Here in Canada, where we have the opt-in system, donor rates are shamefully low :(
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  4. Great resources, Debbie. I’m so glad I checked into my own registration status!
    Laurel Regan recently posted…World Organ Donation Day: Are you registered as an organ donor? Are you SURE?My Profile

  5. This such a resourceful post. I wish everyone would donate. Thanks for helping to spread awareness and I am glad to know you have pledged your organs.
    Inderpreet Kaur Uppal recently posted…A Soldier’s Nemesis! #Save8LivesMy Profile

  6. I have been reading about this for the last week and considering it seriously now. Will need to have a discussion with the spouse and take it forward. Thanks for the post, Debbie.
    Shailaja V recently posted…Two much of a good thingMy Profile

  7. Mike
    Twitter:

    I know lots of folks are really twisted up about doing this for whatever their burial and afterlife beliefs are. But, oh my gosh I wish more people were donors, Debbie. I have been my entire adult life because my belief is that this body is done and I’ve moved on. So, harvest the heck out this sucker for what is left that is still good on or in it :)
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    • Great attitude, Mike! I too wish more people would register as donors, especially since I witnessed the benefits from close range. My friend was at death’s door and received his new liver with little time to spare. Unfortunately, too many aren’t that lucky! :( Thanks for dropping by.
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  8. Yes ma’am we are all registered donors. It’s good to know that when we pass our heart and other organs can be used to save the lives of others. Thanks for sharing the importance of being an organ donor Debbie!

    I hope you’re having a great week so far :).
    Corina Ramos recently posted…Four Cool Things We Can Learn From Our TeensMy Profile

  9. Kay donated all of her organs.
    We met the recipient of her lungs last year.
    Ed & his family attend The Kay Marie Sisto Walk to End Domestic Violence.
    Here is Ed visiting Kay’s Gravesite for the first time. My entire family wept at his reaction to Kay’s resting place: https://www.facebook.com/MyInnerChick/photos/a.544967802292493.1073741842.341625195960089/544967888959151/?type=1&theater
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  10. This has been an option on my driver’s license for many years. It says right on my license – organ donor. Is it like this in Canada as well?
    Carol Graham recently posted…Forgive them? Are You Crazy?My Profile

  11. Hi Debbie,

    Oh yes…My husband and myself recently became organ donors too and we wrote about it – perhaps you missed out that post, so would leave the link below. This one act of giving is the biggest anyone can do – to give someone the power of a life, and the stats were amazing too as we researched a lot about it when we wrote our post. So glad we both went ahead and took this action – gives us immense happiness :)

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted…7 Important Reasons to Become an Organ DonorMy Profile

  12. Being an organ donor is an excellent legacy, being able to live on through someone else. Lovely article…and very cool that you provided links for information all over the globe. ♥
    Kathy Combs recently posted…The BlessingMy Profile

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