Saturday, May 5, 2012

Donating Your Organs...

There is no more precious thing on this earth than the gift of life. This is truly something that can be called PRICELESS. People of both genders, all races, all ages, all religions, all financial status, and in all countries are included. Yes, every human being... Unfortunately, a serious illness can strike anyone of us at anytime. Yep, even when you have done your best to be the healthiest you can be, you maybe next. I'm sure each one of us knows, or has heard of, someone waiting to be next on "the list". What is this "list"? The "list" that says your the next person in line to receive a donated organ from someone else so you may continue on living. That's "the list". Sounds like an important one huh. There is no doubt it is.

To first give you an idea as to the number of people here is the U.S. alone that are waiting for a donated organ to remain alive, I will refer to two websites. Both links I have listed on this post in blue on the lower left side: United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. These two websites will give you on their Home Pages an up to date, with in a 30 minute time frame, number of people waiting for a donated organ. Beware. These numbers are frighteningly sad. Below are the numbers as of 5/5/12 at 9:05pm EST.
  • Waiting list candidates 114,292 as of today 9:05pm
  • Active waiting list candidates 72,984 as of today 9:05pm
  • Transplants January - January 2012 2,263 as of 04/27/2012
  • Donors January - January 2012 1,105 as of 04/27/2012

As to "the list", here it is. These are the organs that can be donated to save another's life. Hey people, stand up and give the gift of life for when that day comes that you pass on. You aren't gonna need them in Heaven.

  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Skin
  • Corneas
  • Pancreas
  • Bone and bone marrow
  • Tendon/Ligament/Connective tissue
Now in conclusion, if your organs listed above cannot be donated to save another's life, there is a back up plan. Your organs can be donated for scientific study. Why is this so important? It gives scientists and the medical community a chance to help develop vaccines,  therapies, and even cures to various illnesses. Once again, you aren't gonna need them in Heaven. But, the studies and data collected may just help someone you love.
Donate Life America Link
United Network for Organ Sharing
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Link
Organ Donar Guide
Facts and Myths About Organ Donation Link
Organ Donation vs. Whole Body Donation Link

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