Itwas once said, “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, insteadof doing something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody.” Ifyou are unfamiliar with the term organ donation, it is the process of someonegiving an organ or a part of an organ to another person who needs an organtransplant. The organs that can be donated are: heart, lungs, liver, kidneys,intestine and pancreas.
Currently,nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants; this isonly in the United States, which is just an estimate. Imagine the amount aroundthe world! With the help of as many people as we can possibly convince tobecome one, the amount of people who are suffering will drastically decrease. Everyday,the waiting list for the organ transplants are growing every ten minutes.
Thereare only around 15,000 donors of the 124,000 that desperately need it. Youmight think, why should we care? Well, in fact, when declaring oneself an organdonor, you can save up to eight lives, these eight lives that can live on healthily,achieve their dreams and create a beautiful, loving family. You could alsofeel, every night before you sleep, that you’ve saved countless lives, and mademany desperate families happy again. If you just take five minutes to thinkabout what you would do if you donate your organs, I am confident it will beone step closer to you accepting to donate your organs. You would save lives ofmen, women and children who are suffering. Manypeople avoid declaring themselves as organ donors because there are manymisconceptions to the process of organ donation: ‘if I pass away would I justbe left open after the surgery, as I am already dead? No, when you are injuredand admitted to the hospital, the FIRST priority is to save your life, notanother, they would never ask if you are an organ donor.
The emergencydepartment doctors are completely separate to the doctors who perform organtransplants. This precious gift oflife, that we all have, is the most amazing gift we can ever give to someone asit’s effortless, making the decision to be a non-living organ donor is one ofthe easiest yet most selfless decisions one can make. There would be no use tokeep your perfectly healthy organs, but can be more convenient for someone elsewho is fighting for his or her life this very second. So why should we deprivesomeone else from using them? What if it was yourmother? Your father or anyone else you passionately cared about, whodesperately needed an organ donation, while you sat there watching them sufferand regretting that you never took the chance to become one. What would you do then? This is when it isurgent; this is when you have to donate. I would advise anyone and everyonethat you should take this opportunity, before it’s too late, as it is somethingthat you would happily live with until your time in this world has finished, knowingthat you would have saved a great deal of people.