Facts And Myths Regarding Organ Donation

Everyone needs to read and reread this article!

The Surgeon's Scrubroom

476333591Organ failure can be caused by a wide range of issues, including; physical trauma, medical conditions and drug abuse among other things. Unfortunately, there are very few people who are willing to get involved in organ donation. In the United States, it is estimated that five new names are added to the national transplant list every hour. While the demand for organ donation may be high, the supply is limited. Currently there are over 123,000 people who are waiting for an organ donation, of which 21 die every day for lack of an organ transplant. This translates to around 6,500 deaths every year due to shortage of organ donations. This can be blamed on misinformation and myths. The following are some of the most popular myths as well as the truth about organ donation and transplant.

Myth 1: Physical defects, age and illness can prevent me from donating an organ.

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Son, let me tell you what you CAN do

This post is from Mrs. Mumsie’s blog.

I rarely see this type of article when it comes to talking about children with chronic illnesses.  This was always my philosophy.  I believe that you have to say yes as much as you can for your children.  Of course there will be some limitations with the child with illnesses.  If you think about it, we say no primarily because it makes us feel better.  If he goes to the party, I will be up worrying about him.  If she goes shopping with her friends, she might be meeting a boy.  But, until they give us a reason to doubt them, keep saying yes as much as you can.  My son went to Europe for three weeks with his heavy breathing machine and a letter detailing all of his illnesses and how to care for him if he is hospitalized in another country.  He went to Mexico in fifth grade and vacationed in China with his father four years before he died.  It isn’t easy, but I know that I can feel peace knowing that my son went to The Boston Conservatory for two years to play his amazing clarinet.  He had a short life.  He had a full life.

Son, let me tell you what you CAN do.