Devotion to the welfare of others Is money truly the root of evil? In 1954 the first successful organ transplant (kidney) was performed. The need for organ donation continues to grow, but unfortunately the demand drastically outweighs the supply of willing participants. Currently, 110,305 candidates are on the waiting list for some form of organ transplantation and only 20% of Americans are registered donors (United Network for Organ Sharing). Twenty percent participation in any program equates to failure, especially when human life is the price for the lack of participation by the American public. Although there can be no “price tag” put on an individuals life, the current altruistic system continually fails to provide a realistic solution to the thousands of Americans dying annually waiting for organ transplantation. In order to increase the number of organ donations these donors should be compensated with monetary incentives. Tissue and organ donation is a process that allows an individual to donate their vital organs such as, liver, kidney, heart, lungs, bones, veins, skin, and corneas. Organ donation does not simply entail walking up to a hospital and deciding to donate your tissue/organ. There are requirements that include matching the blood type, size of the organ needed, age, location of the donor to the recipient, and the degree of immune- system match between donor and recipient (UNOS.com). Not only is finding enough people to donate organs difficult but finding a match the body does not reject, poses issues as well. The problem of finding a comparable donor amongst minorities calls for greater concern because minorities are three times more likely to suffer from end-stage renal disease than Caucasians (UNOS.com). So the pool of registered donors shrinks tremendously when the recipient is a minority. Facing the issue of needing a tissue donation seems like dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, both occur daily, can effect your life drastically, and can happen to people of all facets of life. Many of the folks that oppose organ transplantation are not informed on how the donation process works, possess strong religious beliefs or have no reason for not wanting to support tissue donation. The first question people have to answer is why not donating your tissue/organs? As a Christian man, father, son, brother, and husband the question to consent or not to consent for organ transplantation left me with internal conflict. After becoming informed about the process of organ donation, the notion of being left on an emergency room bed with tissue donation enthusiast pulling the plug on my survival to save some rich guy has faded. In reality, tissue transplantation surgeons are not summoned until the body has loss life, and handle the remands with precision so that the body may be presented at the funeral (Karen Fanning p5). Also, the process of transplantation is not based on financial clout, each recipient has to wait on the list and meet the requirements mentioned in the beginning of the paragraph. Even though a large portion of the American public supports organ transplantation only very few are willing to compromise their personal beliefs to allow compensation for organ donation. Many Americans would like to believe that in their time of need a perfect stranger would offer to help them. Eighty five percent of Americans approve of organ transplantation and large amounts of people volunteer their time and money to ensure the preservation of life. Compensation for tissue transplantation puts a “price tag” on life and has yet to prove that Americans will increase donation registration if paid for their organs. A survey taken by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation stated that 91.4% of participants reported that financial incentives would not influence their consent at the time of their family member death (ISHLT). Almost one hundred percent of the people in the survey would not let money
Reverence For Life Speech: Organ Transplantation
Definition of organ transplantation:
Organ transplantation is the procedure of surgically re-implanting a failing organ or tissue of the patient with a healthy organ or tissue from the organ donor. One of the greatest advances in modern medicine is organ transplantation because it saves many lives since failed organs can be replaced with a healthy one from a donor. Organs that are most often transplanted include: kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, lung…
human organs for transplantation is a possibility and a new approach. However, there are many arguments against the commercialization of human organs and most of them include severe criticism. In order to reach an ethical conclusion, the ethical aspects concerning commercialization of human organs need to be investigated. The fourth-principle approach is a useful method of analyzing ethical issues in transplantation. An issue of distributive justice is clearly the allocation of scarce organs. The…
Dr. Philip Jones
17 December 2014
The Risk of Saving a Life
The importance of blood and organ donation is undeniable. Right now, more than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. And on an average, 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. In the New York State, someone dies every 15 hours waiting for an organ transplant. (All About Donation). Similarly, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. More than 41,000 blood…
Is Islet Cell Transplantation a Viable Solution for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes?
Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for “regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, and sexual function and reproductive processes” (“Teens Health”). When a person has diabetes, his/ her pancreas either produces a reduced amount of insulin or no insulin at all. Insulin is a hormone needed to regulate the amount of glucose that…
Xenotransplantation involves the transplantation of nonhuman tissues or organs into human recipients. The concept was pioneered a century ago, when transplanting human organs was considered ethically controversial. Grafts were quickly rejected, however, because of unknown forces later identified as immune responses.
Interest in xenotransplantation reemerged during the 1960s, when large advances were made in immunology. Chimpanzee kidneys have been transplanted into patients with renal failure.…
Name: ashley singer
Speech Type: Persuasive
Organization Type: Comparative Advantages Pattern
Attention Getter Type: Story, Quotation, or Poem
Conclusion Type: Summary
persuade my audience to give the gift of life and become organ donors.
I. I have always decided i wanted to dedicate my organs to others once i have oassed but it was not until January of this year i learned the true value behind organ donation.
II. Last January my brother was pronounced…
discrimination gone as far as impacting the healthcare organization and how transplant patients are selected? As I investigated more and more the issue, I found that discrimination in transplant patients is not only based on ethnicity.
In an article about organ transplant and discrimination by Peter Byme, consultant psychiatrist, he points out how treatment should be available to everyone. During the first 11 years of a heart transplant program in Montreal, 226 transplants were completed and 28 people were…
28 Feb 2013
The Sale of Human Organs
With today's technology in medical science, there is no doubt that organ transplants can save countless human lives. However, the major contemporary problem that the world is facing is that there are not enough organs available for the people who are in need. Many people die every day demanding an organ for their bodies because the National Organization of Transplantation Act has prohibited the sale of human organs since 1984. Millions of people have…
Clinical organ transplantation is a life-saving procedure for patients with terminal organ failure and requires deceased or living donors. The increasing number of patients with various organ failures and the world shortage of donated human transplantable organs have created a gap between organ supply and demand. This imbalance has resulted in increasing waiting times and death of patients on waiting lists. Xenotransplantation carries the 'hope' of alleviating the shortage of deceased human donated…