Have you ever considered becoming an organ donor? Well, let me stop you right there. While being an organ donor may seem like a noble and selfless act, there are actually some pretty compelling reasons why you shouldn’t be one.
The Ugly Truth About Organ Donation
First things first, let’s talk about what really happens when you become an organ donor. When you sign up to donate your organs after death, medical professionals will remove your organs and tissues for transplantation into others who need them.
Sounds great in theory, right?
Well here’s the thing: you’re not dead yet. In fact, doctors have to keep your blood circulating through your body even though your heart has stopped beating so that your organs can remain viable for transplant. Essentially keeping technically alive until they are through squirting out juice all over town from every orifice of yours just to take the few pounds of meat they interest them because someone deem it more worthy than yourself.
And if that wasn’t bad enough already… It is said that sometimes when a patient becomes officially brain dead (with breathing machines deployed), there still exists some potential chance of retrieving some remaining neurons; however with increasing demands for transplants these days + lack of ethics (not always! but most times) recipients receiving donated organs at such risky situations end up having very rare consciousness regressions where their actions showcase preservation as seemingly truthful cognition while only much simpler parts ever active due to severe damage on regional connectivity within rested regions
Why would anyone want their brains chopped away past shutdown just for exchangeable tissue?
Death As A Commodity?
Secondly (I tried my hardest not use starter phrase ‘secondly’; mind numbing): think about the industry behind the procurement and distribution process itself; unsurprisingly presented by private organizations looking good but aiming better profits.
When you die, your organs suddenly become valuable commodities. And where there’s money to be made, there will always be people looking to profit. For-profit transplant centers may prioritize wealthy patients with insurance (because let’s face it – nothing says “I love life” like having large piles of cash), leaving more disadvantaged individuals without much chance for survival.
Moreover distributed network of transportation are not readily available nor efficient; leading to narrow search radius3. Additionally importance granted towards demand-centric decision making often leads to ‘compatibility issue’ faced by the then chosen candidates
But What About Saving Lives?
Believe me, I understand that the concept of saving lives is truly enthralling! However, in some cases becoming an organ donor can actually do more harm than good.
For instance: research has shown that donation after cardiac death (pronounced ‘dead’)# can lead to complications such as delayed graft function or primary non-function rates which results subsequently from either warm ischemia time following withdrawal of mechanical ventilation/ cardiovascular support around end-of-life care +/or abrupt pressure change during transplantation itself; directly causing sore outcomes one might say :I
In fact the most common Reasons Given By The Temporarily Living To Not Donate Their Organs include concerns ranging from general mistrust with procedures involved/reasons underlying its workings and risks associated up-to latent doubts about their own potential stories once they stop breathing^(1).
What’s even crazier is when financial incentives begin influencing factors behind donors’. There have been reports all across the globe recently showcasing exchangeable body parts being taken out while at early stages of clinical deaths among afflicted populations ^_/^
Makes you think who really ends up benefiting here?
So before you rush off and sign up as an organ donor in a flurry of selfless benevolence , take a step back. Become smarter and wiser with the knowledge at hand- weigh out for hidden intentions in businesses’ interests, questionable fairness of distribution concentrating on this ‘valuable assets’ and risks that may arise due to compatibility constraints or other reasons like if organs are viable enough.
And as always just Stay Alive, Friends!
1: Swinburne Blog (2018) – What is preventing organ donation? available at https://www.swinburne.edu.au/news/latest-news/2018/08/what-is-preventing-organ-donation.php
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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