It is also a charitable work that involves taking care of the less fortunate in the society. Most major religions with the exceptions of Shinto and gypsies supports organ donation. The Catholics, the Protestants and Jewish faith supports organs donation as a virtuous and charitable act. There are other religions that view it as a personal choice. It is also viewed as a merciful behavior to people who are part of us in the community. It is among the few acts that some people could remember you for the merciful act.
When one offers to donate an organ to someone especially to a relative, an act of love and kindness in the family context is manifested (Thomas, 2009). Organs donation helps in improving the future genetic status of both the donor and the recipient. Before the donor gives an organ, they are screened and information about their health is given. Some important health testing like H. I. V. status, diabetes, TB status or even the blood group are also done. With somebody’s identifying their health status, one can work to improve his/her health by controlling more infections.
This improves the health status of a person in the future. Organs donation helps in coping with the grief. The process of illness is usually very distressing especially to the family members. During these down moments among the close family members of a patient, they get relieved when a person donates an organ to the patient and they see this as source of hope to the life of a patient. They are therefore able to cope with this situation where a family member is sick for instance where a patient gets a kidney they are likely to live 5-20 year more while they could have died earlier.
Fear in donation of organs has been more due to lack of information on the benefit and are based on misconceptions. There have been some misconceptions which if are eliminated more people could volunteer and donate their organs. Some people say that organ donation causes mutation of the donor’s body however the truth is that if organs are removed surgically, donation will not alter the way the body looks in the casket. The others also say that the rich and the famous get the preferential treatment while the poor and the infamous take longer waiting for treatment of organ transplant.
The truth of the matter is that gender, income, or celebrity status, age and race are never considered when determining who will receive an organ. The length of the time it takes may only be determined by the blood type, the length of the time on the list and the severity of the medical criteria. Potential donors also fear that doctors don not take enough care for the donors in terms of treatment compared to the recipients. However, the fact is that the donors are given the same and the necessary care if surgery has been done.
There are family members who also refuse to allow deceased bodies to donate organs because they fear that funeral arrangements will have to wait until the organs match. This misconception is not true because the surgery is done only after a match has been identified. Information dissemination on facts about organs donation to the public could remove the above fears. This could be done by health institutions so that they can remove misconceptions and encourage healthy and effective organs donation.
Vices like financial exploitation from both the donors and recipients should be prevented and local laws to govern this exercise be set and implemented by the local government. This could make organs donation to be more successful and reduce the number of people who die prematurely as a result of some organs failure. Organ donation is a beautiful bequest that people can make happen. Since eyes can continue seeing and heart can continue beating, but someone could die without them.
It is therefore our responsibility to take care of our sick members in the society and if some members require some organs so that they can survive, it should be the effort of everybody to voluntarily and kindly donate organs. References: Childress J. F. , Liverman C. T. 2007 Committee on Increasing Rates of Organ Donation. National Academies Press. Thomas C. C. , 2009. On Organ Donation: Is it legal to sell parts of your body? Cocorioko Newspaper