Registering as an organ donor is a cause that has been close to my heart for quite a few years now. The importance of this simple task is so great I sometimes think people do not always realize it.
Giving an organ does not save a life. It GIVES a life.
The way I see it, giving money to medical research is just that, research. Not to down play the good of it. There are countless horrible things that need curing, but signing up as an organ donor (when the time comes) is an instant fix.
You can instantly give someone a chance at life.
There are 4300 in SA currently waiting for an organ. That’s just what is listed. Who knows how many are not on the list. Suffering organ failure and not knowing it.
Recently I had a conversation with a friend who had some reserves on being an organ donor. (Which you are TOTALLY ALLOWED to have, It’s your body)She told me she is scared of signing up because if she were to be in an accident and said to be brain dead, would she really be dead?
Is brain dead really dead?
Will they take your organs if you still have a chance at life?
Well I did a little research and here is what I found.
Brain death is the complete and irreversible loss of brain function (including involuntary activity necessary to sustain life).Brain death is one of the two ways of determination of death, according to the Uniform Determination of Death Act of the United States (the other way of determining death being “irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions”). It is not the same as persistent vegetative state, in which the person is “alive”.
Brain death is used as an indicator of legal death in many jurisdictions, but it is defined inconsistently. Various parts of the brain may keep living when others die, and the term “brain death” has been used to refer to various combinations. For example, although a major medical dictionary says that “brain death” is synonymous with “cerebral death” (death of the cerebrum), the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) system defines brain death as including the brainstem. The distinctions can be important because, for example, in someone with a dead cerebrum but a living brainstem, the heartbeat and ventilation can continue unaided, whereas in whole-brain death (which includes brain stem death), only life support equipment would keep those functions going. Patients classified as brain-dead can have their organs surgically removed for organ donation.
Doctors all take an oath to “do no harm”. You are their first priority. Only when there is no possible way to save you. Will the suggestion be made to donate your organs.
I have tried to see this from every angle, I have tried to understand. But I just can’t. You do not take your body with you when you leave this world. Why do you have the need to hold onto it? How can you say no to saving multiple lives?
Another question that got asked recently is: “What if I save a murderer. Or a rapest”
The simple answer is you wont know. But what if the rolls were reversed? What if you were waiting for and organ a murderer died and was able to give you what you needed. Would you say no?
Would you say “Nah Ill wait for the next one”.
I doubt it.
When you sign up no tests are done on you, no examinations, nothing. This means you might not even be able to donate anything. Even just by signing up. Putting your name on a list, you give hope to those waiting for a chance at life.
There are 4300 people in SA waiting for organs. You can give them hope by simply adding your name.
It takes less than 5 minutes to register as an organ donor. 5 minutes you will forget tomorrow. 5 minutes that someone else might be grateful for the rest of their lives.