**Organ Donation** - page 4

Just wondering if many are registered anywhere? Also, what do you think about this?... Read More

  1. by   sirI
    Quote from sddlnscp
    Do you or does anybody know of a good website to find a good living will that is specific like that? I would like to write one up for myself and my hubby, but don't quite know where to start. You can PM me if you don't feel comfortable sharing the information, but I sure would appreciate it! Anything you have written yourself would be great as well - thanks!!!

    I am a huge advocate for organ donation, have been all my life. I am registered and it is specified on my driver's license. I also just sent a letter to the editor to our local newspaper advocating organ donation - including a beautiful poem that I found on the website Siri mentioned earlier. I want them to use every last ounce of me they possible can once I am done with them - organs, tissues, blood, whatever. As soon as Colorado has the kids' area of the registry set up, I will register my children as well. My hubby is also an organ donor and I believe my parents are as well.
    I'm sure there others, but, you can try here, sddlnscp:

    http://www.lawyers.com/lawyers/A~100...MP=KA9385.html

    http://www.legacywriter.com/LivingWi...OVMTC=standard

    http://www.uslivingwillregistry.com/
  2. by   Gompers
    Where do I go to register as an organ donor? It says DONOR on my driver's license, and my family knows and agrees...but is there someplace else to register? I am also on the bone marrow registry list.

    We don't deal with organ donation very often in the NICU. Twice in the past seven years, if my memory serves correctly. Both were cases where a perfect baby got "stuck" during the delivery. I was just in awe of the parents. They all went through nine months of anticipation and then never had a baby to hold. Never heard a cry, never saw their eyes open, nothing. Yes, they were devastated and angry, but they still found it in themselves to actually be the ones to ask about organ donation. Any organ donor is a hero. But there is something about parents donating their child's organs that just amazes me. I cry just thinking about it.
  3. by   sirI
    Quote from gompers
    where do i go to register as an organ donor? it says donor on my driver's license, and my family knows and agrees...but is there someplace else to register? i am also on the bone marrow registry list.

    we don't deal with organ donation very often in the nicu. twice in the past seven years, if my memory serves correctly. both were cases where a perfect baby got "stuck" during the delivery. i was just in awe of the parents. they all went through nine months of anticipation and then never had a baby to hold. never heard a cry, never saw their eyes open, nothing. yes, they were devastated and angry, but they still found it in themselves to actually be the ones to ask about organ donation. any organ donor is a hero. but there is something about parents donating their child's organs that just amazes me. i cry just thinking about it.
    you can go to this link, gompers. sign up with your state:

    www.donatelife.net

    i agree, it takes a special person to even see through the horrible shock and grief to donate their childs organs. i cry, too, just thinking about the times i have seen this.
  4. by   sddlnscp
    Thanks for the links Siri!!!
  5. by   Town & Country
    Okay, so you would let someone else die so that a doctor couldn't make money off the procedure?

    You didn't answer my question. Was the organ donor that received bad care your patient or is this 2nd hand info?
    I'm not sure what you meant by that question about letting someone die.
    That is what I am objecting to.....the potential recipient has to have a huge amount of money before even getting the organ. Sure they need to pay OR costs and that sort of thing I suppose; but it shouldn't cost these people six figures.
    I'm not answering any specific questions. You're trying to make me defensive and I'm not....nothing to be defensive about.......the system is flawed and needs to be looked at before I would even consider being an organ donor.
  6. by   sirI
    Quote from sddlnscp
    Thanks for the links Siri!!!
    You are most welcome, sddlnscp
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Do you or does anybody know of a good website to find a good living will that is specific like that?
    I did it through a lawyer.
  8. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from SunStreak
    I'm not sure what you meant by that question about letting someone die.
    That is what I am objecting to.....the potential recipient has to have a huge amount of money before even getting the organ. Sure they need to pay OR costs and that sort of thing I suppose; but it shouldn't cost these people six figures.
    I'm not answering any specific questions. You're trying to make me defensive and I'm not....nothing to be defensive about.......the system is flawed and needs to be looked at before I would even consider being an organ donor.
    I had a liver transplant 6 years ago. I am not rich nor famous. I never paid a fee to UNOS to be listed either. The transplant cost 0 dollars for me - not 6 figures. I waited 13 months for a liver and am very happy to be alive now!

    I am a tad upset about the comment that a donor would not receive proper care and be left to die on purpose. Here is why I don't believe that story:

    1. Not just anyone can be a donor of organs. You have to be brain dead with a heartbeat and circulation.
    2. A patient that is brain dead should be a DNR anyway

    As far as an organ coming from someone with brain cancer - well that is the job of the recovery team. They carefully inspect the organ and OK it before it is transported to the transplant hospital. Personally, I would take the organ from someone with brain cancer than ending up waiting too long and dying due to a lack of an organ.

    Yes, I was an organ donor before I even knew I needed a transplant. Why waste it - as they say "don't take your organs to heaven, heaven knows we need them here."

    I would like to thank each and everyone one of you that would be organ donors. Without people like you I would be pushing up daisies now. Instead I am a new grad RN and just accepted a job in ICU.
    Gratefully,
    Lu Ann
  9. by   Bipley
    Quote from lu_ann
    I had a liver transplant 6 years ago. I am not rich nor famous. I never paid a fee to UNOS to be listed either. The transplant cost 0 dollars for me - not 6 figures. I waited 13 months for a liver and am very happy to be alive now!

    I am a tad upset about the comment that a donor would not receive proper care and be left to die on purpose. Here is why I don't believe that story:

    1. Not just anyone can be a donor of organs. You have to be brain dead with a heartbeat and circulation.
    2. A patient that is brain dead should be a DNR anyway
    Thank you. Perhaps it will mean more coming from someone who is a recipient.

    As far as an organ coming from someone with brain cancer - well that is the job of the recovery team. They carefully inspect the organ and OK it before it is transported to the transplant hospital. Personally, I would take the organ from someone with brain cancer than ending up waiting too long and dying due to a lack of an organ.
    Makes sense. But I have a weird question for you. I have heard a few people express that they would not want an organ from a prisoner who was a child molester and died, or someone who was a murderer and died. These people never had the opportunity to be offered such an organ, they had not yet received any organ.

    If you had a choice between the liver of a murderer or no liver for another year, thus risking your life... what would you do?

    I know, weird question. But I've always wanted to know that from someone who has had a transplant vs. someone who mentions it before they are offered an organ. Seems to me a liver is a liver and it wasn't the liver's fault someone was a turd in life. But that's me, I'm interested in your opinion.
  10. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from Bipley
    Thank you. Perhaps it will mean more coming from someone who is a recipient.



    Makes sense. But I have a weird question for you. I have heard a few people express that they would not want an organ from a prisoner who was a child molester and died, or someone who was a murderer and died. These people never had the opportunity to be offered such an organ, they had not yet received any organ.

    If you had a choice between the liver of a murderer or no liver for another year, thus risking your life... what would you do?

    I know, weird question. But I've always wanted to know that from someone who has had a transplant vs. someone who mentions it before they are offered an organ. Seems to me a liver is a liver and it wasn't the liver's fault someone was a turd in life. But that's me, I'm interested in your opinion.
    I am going to start calling you "Leave It To Bipley", We can always count on you for a lively discussion.

    I did a huge reasearch paper in school on organ transplantation in China. ......and yes, it is true, they execute prisoners and use their organs. These people are not murderers or child molestors. They are executed for minor crimes and maybe not even a crime. No, I would not accept an organ executed for this.

    As far as accepting one from a murderer.......I think I would say no. There are some interesting theories on cellular memory and taking on traits of the donor. I can't say I am totally convinced about cellular memory - but I have developed a couple of allergies I never used to have. No, I would want no connection with a murderer or pedophile. I would continue to wait.
  11. by   blondezena
    Hello, I just wanted to share my experieinces with organ donation. I have always been involved in 'Recycling Life'. It started by being listed as an organ donor, once I turned 18 years old. I also donate blood at every opportunity, and am on the bone marrow registry.
    However, one of my life's peak experiences occured when I became a living-related kidney donor for my son 8 years ago. It is an awesome experience! I highly recommend it! Besides actually giving birth, nothing else has compared to that feeling of giving life.I was up and out of the hospital on the 4th day, and my son has been living an almost 'normal' life, since the transplant.
    Please do what ever you can to educate people about organ donation. It does save lives!
    dona
  12. by   Kris10lp
    Quote from SunStreak
    I'm not sure what you meant by that question about letting someone die.
    That is what I am objecting to.....the potential recipient has to have a huge amount of money before even getting the organ. Sure they need to pay OR costs and that sort of thing I suppose; but it shouldn't cost these people six figures.
    I'm not answering any specific questions. You're trying to make me defensive and I'm not....nothing to be defensive about.......the system is flawed and needs to be looked at before I would even consider being an organ donor.
    I'm sorry I don't agree with the money thing either. While my father was lucky to have good insurance which really helped out there were people in all different situations waiting for organs on the floor with him, some with great insurance, some with HMOs, some with medical assistance and some with no insurance.
  13. by   Bipley
    Quote from lu_ann
    I am going to start calling you "Leave It To Bipley", We can always count on you for a lively discussion.

    I did a huge reasearch paper in school on organ transplantation in China. ......and yes, it is true, they execute prisoners and use their organs. These people are not murderers or child molestors. They are executed for minor crimes and maybe not even a crime. No, I would not accept an organ executed for this.

    As far as accepting one from a murderer.......I think I would say no. There are some interesting theories on cellular memory and taking on traits of the donor. I can't say I am totally convinced about cellular memory - but I have developed a couple of allergies I never used to have. No, I would want no connection with a murderer or pedophile. I would continue to wait.
    People often mention ... Out of the mouth's of babes. Same concept holds true for Bipley's mouth.

    Thanks for answering my weird questions! HA!

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