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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#90809 2 years, 10 months ago
P.S.- I am an organ donor of course cuz before Lisa died years and years ago my parents and siblings understood very clearly when i die they are to tell the people at the hospital or morgue that my body is for donation.

P.P.S.- Lisa did receive a donated liver at age 18 (she was born with liver disease that never went away and it destroyed her liver by the time she was 18) but by age 21 her body began rejecting that liver and she wound up on the list for another liver and that is why she died at 22 waiting. so i did have a loved one who had received a donated liver. i had told my family i wanted to donate my body when i was a little kid tho- the first time i learned that people can do that kind of thing so knowing Lisa didnt make me want to donate- i was born with that tendency to give and realized it when i became aware that organ transplantaion etc existed- prob about age 6...
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#159494 2 years, 4 months ago
I just got back from renewing my drivers license and I checked YES for the first time. Thank you Phil for showing me the light.
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#162108 2 years, 4 months ago
I have been for years. I can only imagine the joy this meaningless (to me) gesture could bring to many lives.

My question to the FFF is this:

Why aren't you an organ donor ?
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#203732 2 years ago
I actually had a very similar conversation on another thread - so I'll just paste the message on here as we'll. it was in part, in response to some fears that doctors might not fight as hard to save your life if you are an organ donor. I don't agree with that sentiment - but here's what I said...

"Well, here's some information that I have recently learned about organ donation - at least in MA...

Let me start by saying that I am a big supporter of organ donation and I am also a regular blood donor.

My 19 year old son, Collin Young, was killed this past July in a very bad car accident - he was an organ donor and it was listed on his license. Like me, he too was a big supporter of organ donation. I learned of his car accident at about 2 am and was told that he was alive and breathing but not conscious and that he was being medflighted to Mass general Hospital in Boston. I arrived at the hospital at about 3am and was told that he died at the hospital while they were trying to work on him.

My family members were on their way to the hospital already - unaware that he had actually died - they thought that he was just badly hurt. I did contact my daughter and my sister to inform them - and to let them know that they didn't have to come to the hospital - that there was nothing to be done. They of course insisted on coming down to support me as well as to see Collin.

In my crushing grief I hadn't thought about Collin's organ donation wishes. We finally left at about 8am - it took my daughter quite a while to get to the hospital - she doesn't live very close... On my ride home is when I thought about organ donation. By this point Collin had been dead for over 5 hours. I knew that they needed to harvest organs right away after a person dies - that tissue death would begin quickly thereafter.

Later that day I did get a call from the Organ Bank asking my permission to attempt to harvest organs from Collin. At this point, they said that they would take my son's body the next day and see what they could possibly use. They said that some things might still be viable - such as bone, corneas...

Unfortunately it turned out that too much time had elapsed - and that no organs or tissues were acceptable.

I had asked the doctor why they didn't harvest organs right away since it was indicated right on his drivers license. It turns out - at least in MA - that the family has to consent to organ donation despite what it shows on your license. Since we weren't there at the moment of his death, they had to wait for me to get there. And knowing that I had more family members coming, they chose to just wait. They also didn't want to bring me this bad news - and then not even let me see my son because they were busy dismantling him. That's just too hard on a grieving loved one.

So - they don't just go right ahead and take your organs just because it's on your license. That little organ donation indicator at least lets your family know - and reminds them - that it actually was your wish. Your family member would likely have to be informed of this preceding your death so that they could get prepared to harvest before you actually expired. This also gives the family member the mental space to come to terms with this decision before they just go right ahead with it. While they would likely get many more organs if they just went ahead and did it despite the family's wishes - it's a much more compassionate way to go about it without causing further trauma to a grieving family.

While ultimately I wish that Collin's organs could have been used to help so many other - given the way the situation presented - I'm glad that I was able to spend a final couple of hours with my boy before I never saw him again."
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#204405 2 years ago
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#209702 1 year, 11 months ago
both my husband and I are organ donors
Let It SHIIIINE !!!!!!!!!!
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#210223 1 year, 11 months ago
Yep, organ donor since 1986. Tell the DMV. Tell your parents. Tell your friends.

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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#211935 1 year, 11 months ago
I would be honored to have that in common our beloved Cody. So yeah, I am...I am!
Thank You Cody, we are forever Grateful!
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#217279 1 year, 10 months ago
Indeed ! Love to have more in common with this forum than just music : D
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#222116 1 year, 10 months ago
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I can't come down, I've been set free.
Who you are, and what you do,
don't make no difference to me.
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