Another Chance at Life: End of Life Decisions Explained

Tina Meyer was severely ill, on life support, and even with medicine she didn’t make it. Candice was waiting for a kidney, and it turned out Tina was a match. Because of Tina, now Candice has another chance at life. How did this happen?

When I die, I know there are many people who would die waiting for a donated organ such as a liver, kidneys, etc., or even a heart. I’d rather have my organs donated because at least another person has a shot at life. There are some pretty dangerous people out there in India selling the organs that people need, same with Iran, but here’s what the donation process in the U.S. involves.

First, you need a live donor or a dead one for some organs. Then, you must be a blood match to lower the chances that the organ will reject the body, or whatever it is. Thirdly, organ donation involves insurance and payments possibly. There is no direct sale of organs, which is illegal in the United States. However, I hope that with medical advances, transplant candidates don’t have to wait for a donor. WHy? Because antisuppressants or immunosuppressant drugs are expensive, and keeping the immune system down to a par could make anyone sick. Just talk to anyone who’s had a kidney donated to them, or a liver, or a heart. Talk to anyone who’s had to take these drugs, and trust me, it’s not fun. If we clone organs for the body, we will be able to skip the donor registry altogether. However, for the time being, one can register with Donate Life right in your Apple Health app in your iPhone if you have one. There are other ways to register, even through the State’s department of motor vehicles. So if you are feeling like it should be done, go register as an organ donor. Do not worry if a family member says you shouldn’t, at least the other parts of your body will work if you’re blind and physically handicapped. Even if my eyes don’t work, my other essential organs will, and donating those will give another person a shot at life.

Author: denverqueen

My name is Beth. I'm blind from birth and enjoy the blogging atmosphere. I am a creative person, a musician, a writer, etc. This is me. Take it or leave it.

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