Argumentative Essay: The Controversy Of Organ Donation

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Organ donation is currently the only successful way of saving the lives of patients with organ failure and other diseases that require a new organ altogether. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services there is currently 122,566 patients both actively and passively on the transplant list. This number will continue to increase, in fact, every ten minutes another person is added to the list. Unfortunately, twenty-two of these people die while waiting for an organ on a daily basis. Each day, about eighty Americans receive a lifesaving organ transplant. We need a way to save these lives, and we have one: Organ donation. When you become an organ donor, you can saves the lives up to eight people. Controversy surrounds this option for many reasons, and some do not find this option to be ethical but most believe it is what God’s calls us to do. The Catholic sees it as love and charity. …show more content…

The process of donation most often begins with your consent to be a donor by registering in your state. Signing up does not guarantee you will be able to donate your organs, eyes, or tissues but it is the first step to being eligible to save lives. For someone to become a deceased donor, he or she has to die in very specific circumstances. Once a person dies, the hospital notifies the local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) to see if the patient that died can donate. The OPO matches the organs to the best-matched patient. While the search for matching recipients is under way, the deceased donor's organs are maintained on artificial support. Machines keep blood containing oxygen flowing to the organs. When the transplantation is about to happen, the surgical team removes the organs and tissues from the donor's body in an operating room. First, the organs are recovered and then all the incisions are surgically

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