what can you say for organ donation?
January 3, 2008 7:42pm CST
in the united states, i have watched tv shows featuring those organ donations and their success stories. but those who donate are the educated ones who donate their loved ones dying parts to the hospital. here in the philippines, because of poverty, people sell their teeth to dentistry students and organs to hospitals who have patients who need organ transplantation. in some depressed areas, you can find people selling kidneys for a fee. then they have these so-called fixer or middle-man, who gets a percentage for the transaction. then there are those who donate blood for a fee. these are professional donors--because these people have made blood letting their profession. is this just poverty or laziness? what can you say? i don't want to be judgmental but i feel bad that people resort to selling parts of their bodies just to make a living. what can you say?
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4 Jan 08
Donating your organ to someone you love means so well. It would even be an honor for me to do so. For people who do it for business, I understand them in a way. Poverty really hurts their pockets so much. I envy them though.
4 Jan 08
Extending other people's lives is a very noble thing. Giving some of your body parts will make them live again for the second time. And yes, parts in the Philippines kidney selling has been becoming a business, because not only one member of the family sold his kidney but almost all of the family member. I think it's because of the poverty that is all over the land. I've watched this episode in one of the reporters notebook, they featured one community who are doing this kind of living and when they were ask why? their main reason is that most family's don't have enough money to serve on their table or to buy things that they want. They think that it's the easiest way they can do to have money instantly and buy their everyday needs. P150,000 - P250,000 is a lot of money that's why everybody is taking risks and chance. But there's also a problem, this is not affordable to those who are less fortunate.
4 Jan 08
Organ donation is a wonderful thing. We have a slogan on t-shirts that support organ donation- "Don't take your organs to heaven, heaven knows we need them here" I have attended services for donors relatives and recipients and it is the most moving thing to see people alive because they got this precious gift and to see people who have donated the organs of their loved ones in the knowledge that some part of their loved ones lives on. It is very sad that people in poor countries are allowed to sell some of their organs for money. It should be outlawed. Somehow there must be a better way to earn some money. There were always poor people but they managed to survive before organ transplants were done. I don't know about the USA but in Canada you cannot sell your blood either. People give blood on a regular basis but they get a cup of tea and a sandwich after they have donated to restore themselves.
• United States
4 Jan 08
well, paying for these parts is probably the first problem. I know that we probably have people here in the US who pay for organs, but it is not a common practice, and it is definately illegal. Most of us head to the local blood bank to donate blood, but we don't get paid for it.