ROBBING YOU BLIND ALIVE AND DEAD
By Jon Christian Ryter
July 7, 2010
Nationwide 38% of all drivers are registered organ donors. According to Donate Life America there are 86.3 million registered organ donors listed in State donor registries. Most recipients of organs become registered donors. It is unclear how many of the names within the State registries are duplicates. Most people, according to a New York Times article, don’t sign up for organ donations for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they feel they may need them in the afterlife. In some cases they fear if they are in an accident and some “important” person needs an organ and they are a “match,” the hospital will let them die so the VIP gets the organ they need to keep them alive. An online survey sponsored by Donate Life America, an organ donor advocacy group, taken by 5,100 people gave these results:
The survey revealed that the reluctance of 57% of the respondents was due to the unanswered question in their mind if brain dead people can be restored to life. Fifty percent of those surveyed were convinced that doctors would not try as hard to save them if they were organ donors. Forty-four percent believed that most people buy organs on the black market and for that reason, there is no need for them to become organ donors; and finally, 23% believe they are either too old or not healthy enough to donate organs. In part, there is some truth to the thinking of this group. The organs of many people with catastrophic diseases will not be considered viable donor organs. However, family members or friends whose organs are not viewed as “desirable,” can still donate organs to recipients with diseases or illnesses that keep them off the donor recipient lists. In other words, every beating heart or workable kidney or liver is better than a damaged or diseased heart, kidney or liver in the body of a person on life support with the clock ticking down to the moment of their death.