I. Almost everyone would want to say “I have saved a life” but by becoming an organ donor you can say “I will save a life”. Organ donation is a way to give back to others and to give another person a second chance to life. Unfortunately the number of patients waiting for an organ exceeds the number of people who have registered to become organ donors. Some patients wait months or years for a match and some die before they are even provided with the right organ.
II. Becoming an organ donor is important because people around the world need our help, in order to be informed you must know what organ donation is and how it works, and how many people are in need of it.
III. I'm certified to speak of this because I'm an organ donor and i've been researching it for a few days. I lost my cousin who was my best friend she died before turning 15, she was waiting for a kidney.
IV. A. What organ donation is and how it works
B. How many people need organs
I. What organ donation is and how it works A. Process of donating 1. Organ and tissues a. Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person into the another. b. According to discoveryhealth.com organ donation occur for patients with kidney failure, lung disease, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. For patients who need a kidney or a liver a living donors could be used since we are born with an extra kidney and our liver is regenerative. If a patient needs a heart, lung, cornea or pancreas of course the organ must come from a deceased donor. B. Organ and tissues that can be donated 1. According to medlineplus.com Organs: heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver, and intestines. Tissues: corneas, skin, heart valves, bone, blood vessels, and connective, bone marrow/stem cells, umbilical cord, peripheral blood stem cells. 2. Patients are matched to organs based on a number of factors including blood, tissue typing, medical need, time on the waiting list and the geographic location.
II. How many people are in need of organs around the world A. On average 18 people die waiting for organ transplants because of the shortage of donors. 1. According to organdonor.gov, During the last 10 years, the transplant waiting list has doubled with more than 98,000 men, women and children waiting for heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants. Tens of thousands of others are waiting for corneas, bone and other tissues to repair injured or diseased bones and joints, skin to heal burns and heart valves to replace diseased valves. 2. According to mayoclinic.com Each person who becomes an organ and tissue donor has the potential of saving and enhancing up to 50 lives and taking up to 8 lives off of the organ