Donating Organs Saves Lives


Donating Organs Saves Lives
Debra Phelps
University of Phoenix

Donating Organs Saves Lives
      Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person. Even though some people fear that doctors may prematurely declare a person dead because the doctor needs the organs and others faith does not condone this act. I am a believer that donating ones organs to save someone’s life is the most selfless act a person can do.   I have a friend, who is living because of a double lung transplant, and another friend’s mother has been awaiting a kidney for two years and if there were more donors’ she would not have had to wait so long.
      Organ donation can occur with: a deceased donor, who can give kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, intestinal organs or a living donor, who can give a kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung, intestine, or pancreas.
      An average of 15 people per day dies awaiting organ transplantations, according to the Journal of Training Nursing, (2007). An estimated 90,000 people in the United States are awaiting organ transplants, stated by the United Network for Organ Sharing. Deaths of less than 1% are brain dead patients who can potentially save up to eight people and provide up to 50 people with tissue and cornea transplant, however, the need for donors are greater than the amount of patients who are brain dead when they die.
      “Donation is a family-driven process. Sensitivity and respect for the family's wishes allow caregivers to help them through the end-of-life journey and give them the satisfaction and comfort that can come from the donation process. The ability to honor their loved one's wish and save lives with their generous gifts allows families to find some hope during their time of grief.” (Journal of Training Nursing, 2007). End of life journey is an option for families who have an end of life decision to...