Let’s say that you do want to be a donor but you haven’t
discussed it with your family yet. Something awful happens to you, and you are
brain dead. Your family is asked if they will donate your organs, but when they
go in to see you, they look up at the screen and see you still have a pulse,
heart beat, and appear to be breathing (you are on a respirator). From watching
ER or other medical shows, they “know” that you are still alive until that heart
monitor line goes flat, so they do not allow the doctors to donate your organs.
How could they, you are still ‘alive’?! This is one of the biggest problems for people
waiting for organs right now: people do not understand brain death. When
a person is brain dead, there is no way
that they will recover. They are actually dead, but the doctors are
body going to keep the organs alive. As soon as they pull the plug, the
body will die too. Brain death is not the same thing as a coma or even
a persistent vegetative state. I think it is crucial that people
themselves on organ donation and brain death before they are put in a
where they have to make this extremely important decision for a loved
one. It is also important for you to sit down with your family and tell
them how you feel about organ donation. I know this isn’t the easiest
topic to bring up, but if something does happen to you, talking about
it now will make their decision a lot easier, and they will have
the comfort of knowing they did exactly what you wanted.
I am an organ donor for many reasons:
1. If I was ever in need of an organ, I would not hesitate
to put myself on the organ recipient list. If I’m willing to take an organ, isn’t
it only fair that I offer mine to someone who needs it when I die?
2. If there is any way that my own death could help someone
else live, I would feel selfish keeping that opportunity from them. I’m not
going to be using my heart, but I’m sure thousands of people out there could.
3. It is amazing to think about a part of me living on in
4. Being an organ donor does not cost anything.
5. Despite the rumors you have probably heard, being an
organ donor does not mean that the doctors will not work as hard to save your
6. How could I turn down the chance to be a hero?