The Controversy Of Organ Donation Myth

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Organ Donation Once a person leaves this Earth, they no longer need their organs or tissues. The body is now simply a shell covered and full of potentially life saving components. Many are apprehensive when the subject of organ donation is even mentioned. This topic may make some uncomfortable because death makes them feel anxious. Organ donation is thought of as gruesome when put into layman’s terms. It could be because the person is now dead and their organs are being harvested for a greater cause. The apprehension of organ donation could be linked to the common myths tossed around, such as one does not believe they eligible, doctors will not work with same urgency, or they want an open casket funeral. Organ donation does not come with …show more content…
This is false, or course. Not only does the doctor not know if their patient is organ donor or not, if they do not work with the same urgency, they are risking their license for medicine. The doctor does not have access to this information because if there happened to be a serious accident, the knowledge could bias the doctor. This information could bias the doctor because if one his or her family members needed an organ, the doctor could pick their family over a patient and not work with the same urgency. For example, the doctor’s cousin could need a new heart, and if the doctor knew their patient was an organ donor, and they had the same blood type, the doctor could not work as hard to save the patient’s life because their cousin needs a heart. Also, if the doctor had this information, he could be more worried about saving lives on the transplant list rather than the patient’s. All in just one person’s body, up to 25 different organs and tissues can be donated after death. This could potentially be saving up to 25 different lives. So, this could leave the doctor in a moral dilemma: save one person, or save twenty-five