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Old 07-16-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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I have considered signing to become an organ donor, I have no problem with any "used parts" helping someone else, go for it!

But the only thing that holds me back is, would it influence a doctor's decision to render life saving treatment in an emergency? Say, I was in an accident, chances are slim, and they see I've signed the organ donor line on my driver's license. So, they have a patient on a wait list for an organ, or, know someone who does. surely their decision would be influenced?

Also, the black market in human organs makes me hesitate, no need to make it easy for them!

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Old 07-16-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Very good thoughts! I donít think a doctor would wholesale your body if in an accident like that. Normally that doctor would most likely not even know any of the other people that would be waiting for parts. Thus ,,,,, heís mainly looking at keeping you alive and well at that moment.

As for black market of human organs ~ the more people become donors the LESS the need for a black market to exist.

I too am a donor, but the longer I live the less my parts are worth. However itís a very good thing for everyone to think about doing. Lord knows there isnít much of me worth having around after I leave this body.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I donated an organ only one time, even though it needed new pipes, new pedals, and some new keys..

Seriously, I'm not on a donor list, and I wouldn't want to be given any donor organs if I ever needed them. If it's time for me to go home to be with the Lord, then why fight it?
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:34 PM
 
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I have considered signing to become an organ donor, I have no problem with any "used parts" helping someone else, go for it!

But the only thing that holds me back is, would it influence a doctor's decision to render life saving treatment in an emergency? Say, I was in an accident, chances are slim, and they see I've signed the organ donor line on my driver's license. So, they have a patient on a wait list for an organ, or, know someone who does. surely their decision would be influenced?

Also, the black market in human organs makes me hesitate, no need to make it easy for them!

Ok, just make sure to hide your driver's license in the ER if you've signed the organ donor line, then you've got nothing to worry about!
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I'm an organ donor, but I don't worry about doctors purposely letting me die so they can take my parts.
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Sheffield, England
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I'm a donor. I just figure that once I croak I don't need anything so once the nice doctor has confirmed that I'm not just sleeping off a rough night he can help himself to whatever he likes. Never did think about the possibility of them bumping me off to get access to a big juicy liver or heart or something though. You've got me worried now.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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ER doctors are not the ones who do transplants nor do they know what is needed "right now." Get a power of attorney for a trusted family member or close friend - they will have to sign off on "turning you off."
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:31 AM
 
Location: NJ
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ER doctors are not the ones who do transplants nor do they know what is needed "right now." Get a power of attorney for a trusted family member or close friend - they will have to sign off on "turning you off."
Plus, what is being described only happens in the movies.
If your organs are harvested, they go to the next in line that is on the registry; not someone in that particular hospital.

The way I see it, and I'm a donor, is that how many people will actually pass in such a way that they can even harvest organs?
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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The doctors that care for people who are sick/injured (potential donors) are completely different from the group of doctors and workers that procure organs for donation. Different states and hospitals have different specific procedures, but the organ procurement team isn't called in until death has occurred or is imminent. The procurement team works separately from the patient-saving team. The doctor trying to save you is probably aware that there are over 100K people on wait-lists... however, they have no control over who would get your organs and probably don't know whether you are a donor (it's someone elses job to figure that out).

Most hospitals only consider a patient "dead" (and therefore appropriate to be considered for donation) when the brain has stopped functioning. Some hospitals will consider a patient "dead" for donation if the heart has stopped beating entirely even if they aren't brain dead... meaning, your heart stopped and will not start again, but then only if the person was an organ donor, the family is presented and consented, the family was planning on taking them off life support regardless, etc. There is a VERY short window in which organs are useable, so this helps ensure donation is possible as the team can be ready whenever the family decides to discontinue life support.

To those of you that are donors- PLEASE make sure your family knows about your wishes! They are the ones who ultimately make the call!

Sorry if this is a long post, I hope it helps you and I am glad you're considering registering as a donor! I feel strongly about this, and may admittedly be biased, as my mom passed away while wait listed for an organ. She was on the list for four years but couldn't hold on long enough for one to become available.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Sorry about your mom.
I don't know why I wanted to donate but it's always been on my license.
I guess from my dad being on the squad & me seeing bad accidents.

The way I feel is that if I am brain dead and can't use anything then why shouldn't someone benefit?
While my eyes are getting older (small print problems) they've always served me well and I've always wanted to pass them on to someone that could use them.

I'm not sure if I'd donate my face for a transplant but I'm thinking about it.
It's something I'd have to discuss with my kids, if it would bother them that I couldn't have an open casket.

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The doctors that care for people who are sick/injured (potential donors) are completely different from the group of doctors and workers that procure organs for donation. Different states and hospitals have different specific procedures, but the organ procurement team isn't called in until death has occurred or is imminent. The procurement team works separately from the patient-saving team. The doctor trying to save you is probably aware that there are over 100K people on wait-lists... however, they have no control over who would get your organs and probably don't know whether you are a donor (it's someone elses job to figure that out).

Most hospitals only consider a patient "dead" (and therefore appropriate to be considered for donation) when the brain has stopped functioning. Some hospitals will consider a patient "dead" for donation if the heart has stopped beating entirely even if they aren't brain dead... meaning, your heart stopped and will not start again, but then only if the person was an organ donor, the family is presented and consented, the family was planning on taking them off life support regardless, etc. There is a VERY short window in which organs are useable, so this helps ensure donation is possible as the team can be ready whenever the family decides to discontinue life support.

To those of you that are donors- PLEASE make sure your family knows about your wishes! They are the ones who ultimately make the call!

Sorry if this is a long post, I hope it helps you and I am glad you're considering registering as a donor! I feel strongly about this, and may admittedly be biased, as my mom passed away while wait listed for an organ. She was on the list for four years but couldn't hold on long enough for one to become available.
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