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Organ Donation

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• Imagine… (appeal to emotions)

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Organ Donation can save lives

• “Approximately 3,000 people are waiting for transplants in North Carolina. You can save eight lives through organ donation and enhance more than 50 lives through tissue donation.” –DonateLifeNC

• This problem can be eliminated if more people choose to give the gift of life

• “Right now, there are more than enough people waiting for an organ to fill a large football stadium twice over.”

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• Transplant Trends Waiting list candidates as of today 5:27pm: 110,614

• Active waiting list candidates as of today 5:27pm: 72,205T

• Transplants January - December 2010: 28,664• Donors January - December 2010: 14,506

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Facts/Stats• There’s no age limit on organ donation• Corneas, veins, tendons, bone, bone marrow, skin, heart valves and

connective tissue can also be donated• “Donor families take some consolation in knowing that some part of their

loved one continues in life.”

• “It is possible to donate organs while you are still alive. Living people can donate a kidney, portions of the liver, lung, pancreas and intestines, as well as blood, and go on to live healthy lives. Most often it is relatives who do living tissue donation. It is possible, however, to register for completely humanitarian reasons and give organs to a stranger.”

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• The recovered organs are stored in a cold organ preservation solution and transported from the donor to the recipient hospital. For heart and lung recipients, it is best to transplant the organ within six hours of organ recovery. Livers can be preserved up to 24 hours after recovery. For kidneys and typically the pancreas, laboratory tests designed to measure the compatibility between the donor organ and recipient are performed. A surgeon will not accept the organ if these tests show that the patient's immune system will reject the organ. Therefore, the recipient is usually not identified until after these organs are recovered.

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Facts/Stats• How long a patient waits depends on many factors. These can include:• blood type (some are rarer than others)• tissue type• height and weight of transplant candidate• size of donated organ• medical urgency• time on the waiting list• the distance between the donor's hospital and the potential donor

organ• how many donors there are in the local area over a period of time and• the transplant center's criteria for accepting organ offers

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• Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.

• 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor.

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FACTS/STATSDespite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about donation persist. Learn these facts to help you better understand organ, eye and tissue donation: Fact: Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history. Fact: All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others. Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased. Fact: When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other important medical information, not your financial status or celebrity status. Fact: An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity. Fact: There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.

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Myths Refuted• Most religions now allow organ donation, so that is no long a "con."

Families might be confused by the fact that donor bodies are often kept on life support while the tissues are removed. Surgeons do not remove any tissues unless the person is brain dead, but they sometimes put the body on a ventilator to keep the heart pumping fresh blood into the tissues to keep them alive long enough to harvest. This is not the same as life, but there is a moment when the ventilator is removed and the heart stops.

One "con" might be that the donor does not usually get to choose who the organs go to, and perhaps an organ will go to someone of a different faith, political viewpoint or temperament than the donor. The donor has to believe that all life is sacred and that anyone who receives the "ultimate gift" of a donor organ will be grateful and be imbued with a sense of gratitude and a desire to pay it forward.Read more

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Myths Refuted• people have concerns about whether they will be able to have an open

casket funeral. Like any surgery, after an organ donation surgery, the wound is closed and no visible mark is present as a tell-tale sign of the surgery. Therefore, an open casket is possible. The organs are removed only after the patient is declared brain dead and within 12 to 24 hours, the organs are removed for transplantation. The identity of the recipient is not disclosed. The success rate of organ transplantation on an average is between 75% to 85%. One of the cons of organ donation is that before the donation surgery can begin, a family member has to sanction the approval, so it is best to have your family on the same wavelength as yours in this issue. Another negative aspect of organ transplants is disparity in the number of people donating organs and the number of people who need the transplant. It is said that 1 in 4 people receive the organs in time

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Myths RefutedKidney, lungs, heart, skin, pancreas, liver, bones, eyes and

intestines etc. can be donated. The donor family doesn't have to bear the cost of the surgery.

Anyone from a new born to a 65 year old can donate their organs. Up to 95% of eye donation receivers can see again.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 90,000 people await for organ donations and close to 20

people die on an average, due to non availability of the organs.People also worry that in case of a medical emergency, the

surgeons won't do their best to save their life if they are registered as organ donors. This is not true as the staff for organ donations is

completely different and surgeons don't consider any life as expendable.

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Call To Action

• There are many doubts that people have regarding organ donation. While a person may wish to donate his organs, his religious beliefs or family may contradict his wishes. All in all, a selfless action like this, though controversial, can tilt the balance of life and death in the favor of a person in need. Before making the decision to donate your organs, it is best to consult your family so that they can understand why you wish to do so. Keeping the family in the dark about your organ donation will only make the grieving process difficult for them.

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Call To Action

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