January 10, 2004 at 7:12 am #109521
Hi all! :wave:
With everyone here being in the medical/premedical field I was wondering what your thoughts are on organ/tissue donation. How many of you are organ donors? and why or why not?
First of all I think it is a wonderful way to contribute to society. If I can no longer use them, I hope someone else can use them to prolong or enhance life. However, it is a very personal gift.
Second, is that my uncle was the recipient of a transplant.
Anyhow that is my imput…what are your thoughts?January 10, 2004 at 8:38 am #109523
Organ donation is a good thing. I think some people are sometimes reluctant to be a donor because they may think we (healthcare professionals) may let them die just so we’ll get their organs.
(I’ve heard people say that)January 10, 2004 at 9:36 am #109525
I have too!January 10, 2004 at 10:32 am #109527PremedRNParticipant
I think it is a great deed to do such a thing. I really do, but do to my religious beliefs, I am uncertain if I would be able to feel 100% okay with doing this. Therefore, I am not an organ donor but would not necessarily rule it out as possibly being one in the future.January 10, 2004 at 10:31 pm #109529bekagainParticipant
I am a registered organ donor. I donate blood and am a registered marrow donor, so I kind of feel this is an outgrowth of that – just a much more serious one. I have had experiences with death in my immediate family and know it is a hugely hard thing. I would want to help spare someone else’s family from that reality, if I were to die. I am having a hard time explaining this, but it is a big deal to me. I know it would be really hard for my family to do, but we have talked about it. I honestly hope it never comes to that, but at least something good could come out of it if it did.January 11, 2004 at 1:09 am #109531
My husband and I, and our three kids are all set up as organ donors. I can’t imagine losing one of my children, but I hope that if that ever happens, at least part of them will help someone else’s child to live. I believe very strongly in this issue. My husband’s brother is currently being evaluated to be put on the transplant list….. :guilty: and I am hopeful he will find a donor in time.
As an aside, how do you guys feel about live liver donation?January 11, 2004 at 1:18 am #109532
Mimicat, tell us more about live liver donation.
And as another side question:
Do you think that *everyone* is entitled to an organ transplant? What about a 75 y/o alcoholic with no intentions to quit. What about the twenty something y/o mother of 3 young children who was in an automobile accident…and severely lacerated her liver? What about Donald Trump vs. say….me? Who should decide who gets what (if anything at all)? How should we distribute these limited resources?January 11, 2004 at 2:31 am #109535
Ok, I know this is going to sound callous, but my uncle that recieved a transplant, was severely obese, and had multiple other problems. He was in terrible health, due in part, to his own habits. I was rather surprised that he was able to have the transplant. As I understand it, after they are typed etc. they are given to whomever needs it the most, and is presumed to have a high probability of success. It is really sad because he only lived for six more months before something else went out, and he died. I’m glad my uncle was able to live for even a short while longer, but I wonder if his new liver would have really made a difference to someone else?
Also, I worked for a short time in dialysis, and I remember some of the techs complaining that so-and-so is getting a new kidney, and all they can talk about is how they can’t wait to drink(alchol) again. I thought that was sad. I would hope that all transplant recipients would take better care of their bodies, so as not to find themselves in the same predicament.January 11, 2004 at 2:42 am #109537bltParticipant
My senior year of college, the mom (an alcoholic) of one of my rommates got a liver. My roommate had considered not finishing up school that year and donating part of her liver to her mom. The out of the blue, she got a phone call saying that her mom was in surgery for a transplant. Unfortunately, her body rejected the organ and she passed away on New Year’s Eve.
I don’t know if her mom intended to stop drinking once she had the transplant. I hope that she would stop drinking…
I am also a registered organ donor and bone marrow donor. I know donating blood is also important, but I’m not sure I could stomach it!January 11, 2004 at 2:51 am #109539
I said “live liver donation”, but I meant “living liver donation”. It is when the whole right side or whole left side of a liver from a living donor is transplanted in a recipient. The liver is the only human organ (I believe) that has the ability to regenerate within a very short time, so both the donor and recipient will end up with pretty much whole livers if things go well. Problem is… the risk to the donor, who is usually a very healthy person to start with (so why put their health in danger?).
I do believe there should be some restrictions on who receives donations. I think here in Canada anyway, the screening process includes measurement of lifestyle factors and other health issues, with many many things contributing to possible disqualification. I am sure it is pretty much the same in the US. It sounds callous maybe, but given that organs are scarce resources, this type of “best scenario” screening must take place.January 11, 2004 at 7:20 am #109541maggie52Participant
My Mom has already signed herself up and done the paperowrk to donate her BODY TO MY MEDICAL SCHOOL! HOw cool is that??? :yes:January 11, 2004 at 8:53 am #109543PremedRNParticipant
Just a side note on this issue:
It doesnt matter if you are a registered organ donor, if your family resents it!January 11, 2004 at 9:18 am #109545
It gets tricky…and I think the most people would tend to go with the family’s wishes because those are the people they’ll have to “deal” with if they don’t. No one want to go to court…even to defend themselves, if at all possible. It’s so much easier to simply with the flow, and do as the family wants. Legally, I think you may be able to follow the wishes of the deceased…but *practically*…who wants the headache?
May sound harsh…and insensitive…but I think it’s true.January 11, 2004 at 9:19 am #109547EM momParticipant
100% for organ donation, if I can’t use em, sure do hope someone else can. Most importantly, I have discussed this topic with anyone who will listen, and my husband and parents understand my wishes fully (and I urge all of you willing to donate to not only put in it writing but discuss it with all of your family members so that they know your wishes). My great aunt is still doing great after a heart transplant 17 years ago! She has seen three kids get married, 6 new grandkids, 3 new great-grandkids and had a ton of experiences that she never would have if not for the transplant. Her original illness was viral myocardiopathy, so obviously no fault of her own, and she has been very devoted to taking good care of herself and her health. She even met the family of the man whose heart she received (a 40 year old man in a car accident) and keeps in touch. That family has described it as “healing”, as though a part of him can live on.
I know while doing transplant during residency, the liver receipients had to prove that they had abstained from alcohol for at least one year before being put on the transplant list. They also had to document AA meetings. Seemed like a good idea to me! As far as living donor livers, there was a moratorium on them for a short time after several donors died (although I think this has been lifted) and we don’t do them at my institution at this time, but due to the severe shortage of organs, I can’t say that we’ll never do them. It is one of the only operations that has a possibilty of 200% mortality though, which is pretty scary!January 11, 2004 at 8:39 pm #109549
Yes the risk of the live liver donations scares me a bit, but it is something my husband may consider for his brother if he gets critcal. BTW his brother has developed Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (degenerative liver disease, probably in response to his Crohns disease. He is otherwise healthy, non-drinker, non-smoker, married with 1 year old child. We hope he finds a donor 🙁 .
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