Sunday, September 05, 2004

Who deserves an organ transplant?

According to an article in today's Chicago Sun-Times, "From May 2002 to April 2004, 48 Illinois families refused to let organs be taken from the bodies of family members, even though their loved ones had registered as organ donors before they died. Each donor supplies an average of four organs, so these 48 vetoes meant nearly 200 fewer organs were available for transplants."

These vetoes also killed nearly 200 people.

Do the people who prevented their relatives' organs from being transplanted deserve to get an organ transplant if they ever need one? No, they don't. Not as long as there aren't enough organs to go around.

If one of those people got an organ that you or a loved one needed you'd be justifiably outraged.

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