Would you choose to be an organ donor?

I would choose to be an organ donor because I believe donating organs is almost like giving a new life. Every year, thousands of people die waiting for an organ transplant. Organ donation can save lives. A general conception around organ donation is that you cannot donate an organ until after you die. Although this conception is true with respect to organs like heart, there are definitely organs like kidney, section of an intestine etc. which can be donated when the donor is alive.

Some time ago, I was under the impression that organ donation can happen only after the donor dies. But one incident in my family totally changed my perception which I would like to share with you here. One of my relatives had a serious health condition, and both her kidneys were not functioning. Her sister donated one of her kidneys and both of them are in good health now. The kidney donation happened in the right time and saved her life. I heard several stories where people died because they were not able to find required organs on time. I would like to make a difference in someone’s life by donating organs if possible before I die or definitely after I die.

I live in the United States and this country supports organ donations as a charitable act. From the recent research I have done regarding organ donation I understand most countries and religions all over the world support organ donation too. There are a lot of agencies worldwide which govern procurement and distribution of organs. In the United States, for instance, the two agencies responsible for the governance of organ procurement and distribution are the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. The countrywide Organ Procurement Organizations’ ethics and standards are regulated by these agencies. To become an organ donor it is essential to sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state’s donor registry. I plan to sign up in my state’s donor registry soon.

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