Organ Donation

@ossie16d (11827)
Australia
October 17, 2006 10:59am CST
Do you wish to be an organ donor on your passing? Do your next of kin know your wishes in this regard? Have you written down your wishes and instructed your family what to do about your organs? Which organs, if any, are you willing to donate? Are they to be used for organ transplant or medical science? Please discuss this.
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@ilse72 (1453)
• United States
19 Oct 06
Yes, I am a designated organ donor. The state I live in asks you to declare whether or not you want to be a donor when you renew or apply for your driver's license. A notation of your choice is then made on your driver's license.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
19 Oct 06
Congratulations but let's hope that by the time that happens, you will be a little too old for most of your organs to be used. However, it is fantastic that you have made your wishes known. I too am a designated organ donor and think that most of mine will be too worn out to use but you never know. Thanks for responsing to the discussion. :)
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
26 Oct 06
I know the feeling ilse72 because I have been told that at my age (55), lots of me will be worn out and no good for transplanting to anyone but still it is my choice that if my organs are usable, then they should be given to someone who can use them when I am gone. :)
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@ilse72 (1453)
• United States
26 Oct 06
Ossie, we are the same age! :)
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@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
19 Nov 06
Yes i am an organ donor but like you my age will most likely make them useless i am 56.My heart wont be any good as i have a heart problem but they may use my organs for research.My whole family are registered donors and my daughter was down as a bone marrow donor but unfortunately as she lived in England for a few years herself her hubby and both the children can not give blood and we are not sure if their organs will be excepted.My niece has had a cornea transplant and is going in after Xmas to have the other eye done
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
19 Nov 06
I understand what you are saying about your age and the suitability of your organs, because we are of the same age rosebug. With regard to your daughter, I think it depends on when she was in the UK. I hope that all does well for your niece with her second cornea implant and this highlights the reasons for people to be organ donors. Your contribution to the discussion is very much appreciated. :)
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@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
20 Nov 06
My daughter lived their during the Mad Cow out break both her children also lived there and the Blood bank has told her that she can;t give blood for life the same goes for her hubby and children
@roselupe (257)
• United States
19 Oct 06
Yes I want to be an organ donor. I have alway wanted to be one but now more than ever. My father had a heart transplant done in 2000. Thanks to the person who dontated their heart my dad got a second chance. My father is physically disabled but he is still here with us because of the transplant. My husband does not agree with me. At first he told me that he would not donate any of my organs but I told him that it was my body and my decision. I explained to him about why my father is here and he understood. Now he says it is up to me. I have written down my wishes and I carry a donor card in my purse. I would like to donate any organs that can not be used by anyone to science.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
19 Oct 06
I was pleased to read that your father got his new heart in time and how wonderful for you that he is still sharing your life, even if he still suffers from some physical disabilities. I hope that you continue to bask in his love and enjoy your Dad's company for many more years. I was also pleased to read that your husband has accepted your wishes to become a donor, even if he doesn't agree, and I applaud you for it. Thanks for sharing your story with us and for responding to the discussion. :)
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
5 Nov 06
I have given you a positive (+) rating for your response to this discussion. :)
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• United States
19 Oct 06
I am an organ donor. My mom had a transplant from an organ donor when i was younger, and my mind was made up about it then. If it can help save others lives, I'm definetely going to try to help! And when I pass on, I won't need them anymore, so why not help someone who does?
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
19 Oct 06
Then you would know first hand the difference being an organ donor can make to the life of so many. Congratulations on your clear thinking on the subject and thanks for your contribution to the discussion.
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• United States
18 Oct 06
iam an organ donor
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@juicemilk (2286)
• Australia
14 Nov 06
I don't have a drivers licence so haven't put down anywhere that I want to be an organ donor, is there a register somewhere or do you just have to rely on your family?
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
In New South Wales, the RTA keep an Organ Donor Register so perhaps if you contacted them, they would be able to help you. At the same time, make sure that your family are aware of your wishes with regard to your organs, although hopefully by the time it happens they will not be much good to anyone. Good luck anyway but check with the RTA. :)
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
In New South Wales, the RTA keep an Organ Donor Register so perhaps if you contacted them, they would be able to help you. At the same time, make sure that your family are aware of your wishes with regard to your organs, although hopefully by the time it happens they will not be much good to anyone. Good luck anyway but check with the RTA. :)
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@tigrashadow (1086)
• Australia
19 Nov 06
i am on the bone marrow register at the moment and my mum knows i want to have my organs donated as she does too and i think that even if they cant go to organ transplant that id be happy for mine to be used for science because it may help others in the future. i dont have a drivers licence but am in the process of going on the register as ive now moved to south australia
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
20 Nov 06
That is good that others are aware of your wishes tigrashadow. How long have you been in SA and where do you live there? Thanks for contributing to the discussion. :)
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
My name has been on the organ donor registry ...... and my driver's licence as well as all the family knowing for many years. Now I am probably too old to be a donor and those things that could be transplanted are worn out .... so guess they will all go into ground with me. If they can salvage any of my organs .... use them for transplant only .... I won't be needing them anymore .... and perhaps they could give someone a second chance at life. I would like to think that if any of my family was in this same position ..... someone else would donate organs for them.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
Yes it sounds like you are similar to quite a number of us oldboy in that we are probably a little too "mature" for our organs to be used for transplant purposes. However we are still registered, in case they are of some use to someone. :)
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@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
13 Feb 07
We are never too old to donate organs as long as they are still in good working order. Of course, they won't know until they start looking. I have bad eyesight but if my eyes could help someone see, however little, then I would hope they would consider them as well. Bad eyesight is better than no sight at all....so I am grateful.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
13 Feb 07
You are right gifana, and this is why I am still down on the organ transplant register. When my time on earth is about to end, they can take for transplant any of my organs that they can use. I won't need them anymore and if it gives someone else a chance for a better life, then why not.
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@anyabelle (164)
• Philippines
13 Nov 06
wow, that rolcam guy's pretty quick with the replies there. hehehe. i've considered donating my organs. however i haven't written my instructions... and organ transplant! nothing for medical science. i'm sorry, but at least i know a part of my organ is being used for the happiness, sadness or whatever emotion by a person. i love how beautiful life is. if i have to donate, might as well join in someone who's going to live life as well.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Thank you for sharing this with us and also for your contribution to the discussion. :)
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Thank you for sharing this with us and also for your contribution to the discussion. :)
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• United States
18 Nov 06
I am open to donating anything, I have told my husband this and filled out the paperwork that comes with your driver's license. I would like to make a difference in someone's ife if possible and I hope my wishes would be respected.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
19 Nov 06
Yes, I think that if there is an opportunity to give someone a second chance at life, then we should take it. I am of the opinion that I won't need them once I am gone, so someone else can have what I no longer need. I have felt this way for many years not but due to my age, there is not much possibility that they will be able to use many of my organs. Thanks for contributing to the discussion. :)
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@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
13 Feb 07
I am definitely gonna give any and all organs that are still in good working order when I kick the bucket. I am even thinking for letting them use my body for science. I am in the process of writing my life's health history and maybe they might come up with some answers to some of their questions. I have not seen a doctor in over 20 years nor have I had any analyses made. I am in excellent health, with the exception of a few arthritis pains. It might be useful to someone based on my eating, drinking, and physical exertions. Of course, the final decision will have to be theirs as I won't be around to read the outcome. Maybe it sounds a little egocentric but who knows what they might find.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
13 Feb 07
What a wonderful idea to record the details of your lifestyle, including diet, drinking and exercise, as this will help should your organs be used for medical research. Often people do donate their organs for this purpose, but there is no background for the researchers to go on with. I do not think that it is egocentric at all gifana and certainly I am sure that the researchers would not think so either. Thanks very much for a great input into this discussion. :)
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@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
14 Feb 07
Always a pleasure to respond to your discussions, ossie. I enjoy them imensely although I may be outspoken to a fault. At least I try to get my point across.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
14 Feb 07
Actually I value your opinions gifana, and if you speak your mind that is not a problem because you are honest in what you say. :)
• United States
2 Dec 06
I have donor on my license. So yes I'd like to be if I can be when I pass. The only thing I didn't want to donote was my eyes, I just couldn't bear that part of it, everything else was fine.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
2 Dec 06
In Australia you can specify what organs you are prepared to donate and which ones you aren't, so perhaps you could check and see if the same applies in your country. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. :)
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• United States
2 Dec 06
Here we can...when we renew our license each year we check which ones we'd be willing to donote.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
2 Dec 06
It is good that you can actually "nominate" which organs you are willing to donate, should the time ever arise that is.
@anyabelle (164)
• Philippines
13 Nov 06
wow, that rolcam guy's pretty quick with the replies there. hehehe. i've considered donating my organs. however i haven't written my instructions... and organ transplant! nothing for medical science. i'm sorry, but at least i know a part of my organ is being used for the happiness, sadness or whatever emotion by a person. i love how beautiful life is. if i have to donate, might as well join in someone who's going to live life as well.
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• Philippines
13 Nov 06
ack, didn't mean to double post. well, it's for your own benefit anyways, hehehe :D and added you by the way. you're the one of those who wittily responded to one of my discussions i've posted a million light years ago, hehehe :D
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Anyabelle, the system has the hiccups for me too when I try to say 'thank you', so don't feel alone now will you. :)
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I am an organ donor, and I'm also an organ recepient. I received a heart ten years ago. I will donate whatever organs are useable to a living person and then my body to science after I die. I was an organ donor before getting sick, while I was sick and I still want to be one. It's a great thing to be able to give life.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
22 Feb 07
How wonderful for you crimsonblues to get a new heart, and that is what it is all about. I am particularly inspited that you are still going to be an organ donor, and it is truly commendable. You are the type of person this discussion was aimed at actually, to show that people who need a transplant can and do have fulfilling lives if only they can receive the much needed organ in time. Thanks very much for contributing to the discussion and I have rated you positive (+) for this very honest response. :)
@rx4life (1932)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Thank you for asking these questions..you know from my posts that I am a proponent of organ donation..and I love to see people educate others on this extremely important subject..If just one life is saved from information from your post..what a wonderful thing that would be!!!! And the most amazing thing is that one life could be someone you love!!! The world needs the real information ...it is a subject that in some families is never discussed...Let's all make this world a more informed place to live...whether a person agrees or disagrees with organ donation..at least they should have the information to make an informed decision...Kudos to you for being an advocate of information!!! Be well...
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
16 Feb 07
It is true that many families never discuss this issue, perhaps thinking that it can never happen to them. One thing that astounds me is that Australia has the most successful transplant history but has one of the fewest organ donations. It is an awful thought that many people die waiting for an organ that never comes. All of my family are down to be organ donors and it is something that we have always talked about. I agree that people should have the information so they can make an informed decision, and even young children can make such a decision although of course in the event something happened it is up to the parents to sign the papers. But children are very perceptive and so their views in regard to this should be considered.
12 Feb 07
I would like to donate my organs after I die. I would donate any of them, in the interest of medical research, or transplants, whichever the most appropriate usage was. In the UK, Boots the Chemist run an Advantage Card scheme, to earn instore points, this is also the card that states that I am an organ donor.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
13 Feb 07
It is a good think that many places now have a card which allows people to specify if they want to be organ donors, either for medical research or transplant. They have an organ donor registry here in Australia, however one of the sad things is that while Australia has the highest success rate with organ transplants, they have one of the lowest rates for organ donors.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I am an organ donor here in the USA. There is a place on your driver's lisence that is marked if yoou want to be a donor.They may not want any of my organs because of all the mediactions I take. If they can't use my organs then a medical uniiversity can have my body as I won't be needing it because I will be getting a new and improved model
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
10 Dec 06
I do like your style deebomb, and although you are taking medications, there might be something that they can use to give another person a better and longer life. Giving your body to a medical university is a great idea, because then they will be able to hopefully advance some of the tests they do for medical problems that people face. Thanks very much for responding. :)
@caribe (2465)
• United States
2 Dec 06
My driver's license from the U.S. notes that I am an organ donor. However, I don't think that the country I live in now has such a program or if they do, I don't know about it.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
2 Dec 06
I think that you are probably right about organ transplants in the country you are now living in caribe. Irrespective of where you are living, let's hope that by the time the subject of organ transplants comes up, that they will be too old and useless to anyone else. LOL Thanks for responding to the discussion. :)
• India
19 Nov 06
Liver Donation - Liver Donation
I also encourage my rnds and family members 2 become organ donars. I myself actively participating in blood donation camaignings.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
20 Nov 06
I think that most people who agree to be organ donors, are also blood donors. Thanks for responding.:)
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• India
19 Nov 06
Liver donation - Liver donation
I also encourage my family members and frnds 2 become organ donors.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
20 Nov 06
It is really great that you are encouraging others to also become organ donors. Thanks very much for responding. :)
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