Monday, August 31, 2009

Organ donation is a complex personal decision?

A story in the Dayton Daily News about some of the reasons people don't sign up to be organ donors reports this:

Psychologists and pollsters who have studied the issue say choosing whether to be an organ donor is a complex personal decision.

Is choosing whether to be an organ recipient a complex personal decision? No, it isn't. Just about every single person who is unwilling to be an organ donor would be happy to be the recipient of a donated organ if they needed a transplant to live.

About 50% of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven't agreed to donate their own organs when they die. That's not fair, and it's one of the biggest reasons there is such a large shortage of transplantable organs in the United States.

As a nation, we bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. As long as we keep giving organs to non-donors this terrible waste will continue.

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