Organ Donation Essay

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Living a Full Life Past Death: Becoming an Organ Donor
“Carlee is the fortunate recipient of two heart transplants: the first when she was 1½ years old, the second when she was 13” [...] ‘Those people who gave me another heart...they gave me a second chance. I 've been saved twice by an organ donor’” (I Want to Make a Difference n.pg). Being an organ donor gave the title of a hero for saving a life. There are many medical conditions that create the need for donated organ, of course, there is the common debate on whether or not the recipient is deemed worthy of a second chance at life. The recipient might have different religion, political, or ethical viewpoints that a donor may disagree with, but if the person has the opportunity to save a life then these issues should not stand in the way. Becoming an organ donor is the most beneficial decision because it saves and improves many lives, it helps family members grieve, and it decreases organ sales.
Becoming an organ donor gives patients another chance to live or improve the quality at which they live, which is why it is so important to choose to become a donor. Brian Hansen, a writer from New York City, wrote an article, “Organ Shortage,” and states, “In 2001, at least 6,251 Americans died while waiting for an organ — more than twice the number killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks” (Hansen 156). Thousands of people are sitting hopelessly while their family and friends watch them die. There were many reforms made
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