Outlooks on Organ Donation

by dmill8 on September 19, 2013 - 9:40pm

            In a recent article Mercer (2012) focuses on the controversies associated with organ and tissue donations. There are many issues associated with donation like legal, ethical and sometimes even religious.  There is much support from the public about the issue, as well as rising donation rates, but it still does not compensate for the high demand of organs and tissues. There continues to be a large gap between the amount of organs donated and the amount of people on waiting lists. In many places around the world there is a change in legislation regarding the donation process, although still stressing the idea of consent.

            Organ donation is overall a great concept and a useful resource for survival for many people. The idea of it being an ethical issue does not make any sense to me. Why not donate your organs to someone who is in need of something, who else is going to use it when you die? I understand the worry about donations done while alive, because of complications in surgery, but why not help someone in need, if you can. If it were your loved one in need, I’m sure you wouldn’t hesitate to help them in any way, so why not do the same for a stranger? Organ and tissue donations can be someone’s only way of survival.




Mercer, L. (2012, November). Increasing the rates of organ donation for transplantation. Art and Science, 35-40.



I can understand both sides of the controversial issue. I know that complications with surgery are scary and so happen, but the reality is that the chances of something going wrong during a procedure are very minimal. Our doctors and health professionals have mastered the art of surgery. Technological advances also dramatically decrease the likelihood of something going wrong.

The part of this topic that I do not understand is, why not donate your organs to someone after you die? You could very well be saving someones life. I have personally chosen to donate my organs after I pass away to feel a since of peace. Its almost as if I am living on through someone else's dreams and accomplishments. I know that if I was ever in a situation where myself or a loved one needed an organ donor, I would feel helpless. I found this short youtube video about organ donation. Ian says everyone can be a hero, I believe him.


I think this is a very interesting article mostly because I personally don't often hear people talking about their opinions on organ donation. I also believe that organ donations are extremely helpful, I do not see any negative issues surrounding organ donation besides the act of illegal organ transplants. Stephanie, a very close friend of mine who passed away, was an organ donor and they were able to transplant all of her organs to people who were in need of them. One story I will always remember is when her mother unexpectedly met the man that had received Steph's kidneys while at the post office one day. Due to legal issues, the family of the donors receive very little to no information at all on the person that received the organs unless that person chooses to let their information be accessible. When the man realized who Stephanie's mother was, all they could do was cry and console each other. He thanked her repeatedly saying how if it weren't for her daughter he would not be standing in front of her today and shared his incredible story with her of how he just knew that the person who his new kidneys came from was a very special person. Thank you for choosing this topic and promoting awareness to organ donations, you did a great job summarizing the article and giving your opinion on the issue.

I completely agree that it is hard to understand why people would not want to donate their organs after they have died. I was recently speaking with a registered nurse in my community about this issue. Even if someone is a registered organ donor, if that person's immediate family decides that they would prefer their loved one's organs not be harvested, their wishes are usually honored. During times of major loss, distress, and grief, some people have a hard time making this decision. Like you explained, the need for vital organs is urgent and donors are in high demand. Though a controversial and complex issue, it is very important that we discuss it and explore the options we have so that we may hopefully save even more lives.

I would definitely have to agree that organ donation is a great option and should be more accepted by families after a loved one is deceased. People even have the option of saying that they will be a donor after their death before it occurs, so why not help someone else? I was drawn to your article because organ donation is a controversial topic in my household. My parents who are in the medical field feel very strongly that organ donation is a great option for helping others even after one’s life is over. My grandparents however feel very strongly in the opposite direction. They feel that organ harvesting mutilates a person’s body, and that people cannot be buried without all of their parts. Even after detailed explanations of how organ harvesting works they are still very against it.
I appreciate your article because it sums up the main points of organ donation, and it makes people wonder: Why wouldn’t someone donate their organs? This post should help to spread awareness about the advantages and need for organ donation.

I support organ donation 100% that is why I enjoyed this article. I personally am an organ donor and I am proud of it. There is no better feeling then knowing i could potentially save a persons life. I can see how this choice may conflict with certain religions but in the end it should be an individuals choice. There are many people out there lying on their deathbeds that could be saved if more people donated their organs. What do we need our organs for if we are already dead? I Also can see how people would be skeptical about donating organs when the donor is still alive, but with todays medical technology there is a very slight chance of complications. A few years ago my brother became very ill and they thought he might be in need of a new kidney and i was the first to offer my own. Luckily he did not need the kidney, but my point is i would with out hesitation i would happily offer up my kidney if it meant saving another person. I really enjoyed reading this article. It was very well written and has a great point.

I feel the same way about organ donations. If you are dead why can't you donate your organs to someone in need? People are very selfish in todays world and the way I view the whole situation is if you or a loved one needed an organ donation you would do anything to get one. So, why not help someone els that might be in the same situation that you might end up in. What goes around comes around.

By reading your title I was automatically drawn into your article to try and figure out what people were thinking about organ donations. As I read your summary I realized just how many people are out there in need of an organ donation. I completely agree with you on donating your organs. I believe that when you pass anything that others could use should be used. Why let something that could save someone’s life go to waste? Although, I feel that donating while you still alive is a different story then once you’ve passed. When your still alive complications could be involved and I feel that that choice is up to you. You get to decide what risks you’re going to take for others. I think that partially why I feel this way is because I have never had anyone close to me need a transplant of any kind, so I feel that if I had maybe I would see it differently. My biggest issue still is that once people pass, they no longer need their organs so why not donate them and let someone else continue on with life.

As someone who has family members that are either waiting for an organ or have received an organ, I fully support organ donation. While I understand that organ donation is a messy business and can leave a body scarred, I would think that there is no better feeling than knowing that when you pass on, you're going to help someone else live. And it obviously is hard on the family, the last thing you want to think about after a loved one dies is harvesting their organs. But I've seen both ends of the spectrum, someone receiving and someone waiting and it is a beautiful moment when the family of the donor meets the person receiving the organ.

When I first read your article, I feel sad for those who are on the waiting list. Therefore, I search on Google and I find a very interesting website who talks about myths and facts. I realize that there are so many myths circulating in people’s mind! I discovered facts that I did not know.

I read that people who die at home or in the community cannot donate their organ. First I was shocked, and then I read later that people have to die in hospital so doctors could keep oxygen circulating in the organs to remove them from your body and transplanted them to someone else’s. I think it is the better way to make sure they give a good organ to the person who really needs it. I also find that tissues can be donated even if you did not die in a hospital because they don’t need oxygen… I did not know this fact before; I did not know that you could donate your tissues at all!

I really recommended this website to people who are unsure about donate their organs because I believe it is the most humble action you will ever make when you are going to die. Maybe you will help a little four years old to live five other years. The website is the Canadian Society of Transplantation’s one. It is a reliable source so you can trust the facts they give you. They offer you to register as a donator and I think it is reassuring to read about this subject. You realize that 4 000 Canadians waiting for an organ is a big deal.

Website: http://www.transplant.ca/pubinfo_orgtiss.htm

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