Saturday, January 9, 2010

Using "less than perfect" organs for transplant

On December 28, 2009, an article appeared on titled "Using Imperfect Organs for Transplant" (read here). According to the article, sometimes donated organs in less than optimum condition are used for transplants. Why ?? One reason - a shortage of organ and tissue donors. The practice can lead to problems as evidenced by one man who received a double lung transplant from a smoker and then died of lung cancer.

We need to end this practice. However, there are currently over 105,000 Americans on the waiting list for organ transplants. Worse yet, about 19 of those die each day waiting. The problem is that there is only ONE solution - more people must decide to be organ and tissue donors. It would increase the pool of available organs and give doctors the luxury of transplanting the ones in better condition instead of gambling on the success of an "imperfect" one. You can help by visiting the Donate Life America website by clicking here to find out how to sign up in your state. Do it today.
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