The actual act of transplantation is not debatable anymore and is not questionable. There is nothing to be done about the shortage of kidneys since the world cannot stop the cropping up of illnesses one after the other. What should be focused on is that of who gets to receive the kidneys when an organ is available. Firstly, people should receive a kidney transplant no matter their age, position, gender, and background—if the kidneys match, that is.
When an organ is removed from the body, it does not specifically say that it is intended for the younger and stronger recipients. It should not matter on where the kidneys go to, or any organ for that matter. This of course would illicit much uproar since the medical world considers far technical and scientific scrutiny when giving transplant—take the case of Guthrie for example.
However, the whole point of the transplant is to extend or save lives—and to not deliberate and not be the judge of who gets the body part of who. This is not exactly a solution but more of a suggestion to a very old dilemma—a suggestion not to be taken seriously or even considered at all by the medical world. But with the proper set of deliberation, there should be a set of guidelines and information dissemination about the suggestion.
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For example, anyone is entitled to receive the transplant provided that he or she meets a group of criteria or tests that would show the recipient is healthy and will not reject the kidney. After all, if further complication arises such as what Patel emphasized (infections and other diseases concerning other parts of the body like heart, liver, etc.), then the kidney organ transplanted would be a waste.
It is so easy to conclude that the youngest and strongest should get the kidney which is made available. This is, in a sense, discrimination and prejudice—it is like saying that the old or the weak (as how often females are portrayed) are not worthy to live. No one should be the judge of who gets to live.
Solutions or suggestions to problems concerning transplants and the ethical dilemmas enveloped within would not be sufficient in solving the said dilemmas or problems. However, people should consider the fact that problems exist and persist and should make efforts in addressing them. The problem is: Who should receive the scarce supply of kidneys. The proposed solution or suggestion is: Anyone who needs it—as long as there are no further complications and as long as the recipient is a match.
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