questionsare you an organ donor?

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Yes, I am. I have been an organ donor since I was 18 years old.

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Yes, also since I was 18.

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Yep. Aside from religious beliefs idk why anybody wouldn't be.

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Yes, for as long as I've been able to.

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Yes I am. And I'd like to thank the others of you who are.
The lung transplant my FIL got 2 years ago saved his life.

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Yup. Not sure if they'd use em since I'm not even allowed to donate blood, but hopefully.

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Yes, but only for the last few months. My logic is that it might be the little thing that gets me out of a ticket.

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Yep, me too.

I've heard people say that doctors will try less hard to save organ donors, because even if the organ donor dies, his organs can still save others. Personally, I don't believe it, but it's an excuse I've heard before.

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Uh-huh. it even got me out of a ticket once. If I can save another life with my organs after I'm gone then by all means.

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Yes. And I think we're all scaring away anyone who might not be. Who's gonna say "no" now?

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been one since I got my driver's license at 16. Had no qualms about doing it, I certainly won't need any of them when I'm gone. and I don't understand any of the reasons not to be (including religious), unless you have an known illness that would prevent them being used.

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I got the sticker. I just think it's the right thing to do. What will I do with my organs while I'm dead. I can't take those with me (imagine if you could though? that would be awkward) As an added bonus I hear they fight harder to save your life before harvesting your organs. Something about how they need to make sure you're really really really dead before they cut you open to avoid any false accusations CYA so to say.

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@sunnyx0r: I think by nature, a lot of DW people like to help other people. Why else would we all be here sharing deals (I'd hope it's not just for the reputations) It makes sense that a lot of us would like to help people even after we leave this world. If you aren't a donor yet and reputation is what drives you here in deals.woot, your real life awesome meter would jump through the roof if you became one.

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Uhh since I am still here, not yet. But if the time comes and the inside parts aren't too damaged from the college years then hopefully so....

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@panthiest: It depends on why you can't give blood. If it's because of low weight (sub 110lb), tattoos, piercing, international travel, or things like that, it won't preclude you from being a donor. If it's some medical condition(s), then it depends on the condition.

I have been since getting my drivers license. As they say, I won't be using them and if someone else doesn't mind getting something second hand. .-)

A note though, even though you have indicated you're a donor, make sure your intentions are clear with your spouse and/or family members so they will make the decisions accordingly.

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@yessahh: how does being an organ donor get you out of a ticket?

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@first2summit: You made a good point. I have a living will on file at all local hospitals, my attorney, all of my doctors. My husband, mother, brother, and daughter all have a copy. This includes organ donation.

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I have been since I first got my license. My military ID (when I was still in) use to also have Organ Donor on it.

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Currently have all my organs, but when I don't need them anymore they are definitely up for grabs. And good on you to everyone else. Karma points awarded all around.

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Yep I am. Have been since I got my first license. Figure no matter where I end up, I'm not going to be needing any of my parts from here.

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I donate my organ all the time......to the laaadies!

Seriously though, after I die take what you want. I have a feeling my organs will be pretty useless once I'm done with them though.....

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They do not go by your request on your DL or med sheet.
You must also tell your family, so that they can further verify it.

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No, I like my pieces where they are. I don't want to give the hospital a reason to not be on my side. Lets say I'm in a bad stiuation. If they save my life they get 1 insurance payout plus my deductable. If they let me slide and use my organs they get what five or ten surgeries on different people thats five to ten times the payout. what is there incentive to try to save me?

[Edit] Please don't down vote me for my opinion.

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Yeah, and I have been since I got my first driver's license. My parents didn't like the idea at the time, but they don't have a say in it any more, right?

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@ruger9mm: I always upvote unpopular opinions just for people having the courage to come out here and risk getting downvoted into oblivion

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Ever since I got my motorcycle license I have been an organ donor.

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@greg57vw: You know the folks in the ER call 'em donor-cycles, don't you? BTW, I ride an HD and a bmw...

Yes, I'm a donor - I wear specially made dog tags when I ride that have all of my contact info, blood type, and donor declaration. Wills, Living Wills, and Medical POAs are all in place declaring same.

My Mom passed away a couple of years ago and whe was a donor. The funeral home gave us all green ribbon pins in her memory that I wear on my riding gear - couldn't get Mom on my motorcycle when she was alive, but now she goes with me on every ride!

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You aren't an organ donor until you have made your wishes clear with your family. Here is why. In these cases your body is in reasonable shape, but your brain is a low grade of tofu. All medical decisions are then made by your next of kin. Even if you have an advance directive which specificies your desires in cases like this, they are just you desires. Your husband/wife/parent/chile/whatever can do as they please.

Checking the box only is an indication of your wishes. Make an advance directive and a health care power of attorney. Talk to your family. This is important. It is very important if you desire (like many of us) NOT to be kept alive by artificial means. For me, this includes tube feedings. I do not wish to be a lab experiment. Having a notarized document which says "Take out the GD tube!!" makes these desicions clear, and no high minded interloper can alter it.

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@ruger9mm: What data do you have to support this opinion? Frankly, it borders on conspiracy. If any of this were true, there'd be far more deaths from surgeries and there wouldn't be the ridiculously long list of people waiting for transplants.

I get differing opinions but you gotta have facts to back them up.

"Without data, you are just another person with an opinion"
- Andreas Schleicher, Head of the Indicators and Analysis Division at the Directorate for the OECD

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I'm a donor. Living wills aren't legal in my state (MA), but my family knows.

We had a very close family friend die in a car accident at 16. She was brain dead and her parents had to make the decision to donate her organs or not. My mom was with them when they wheeled her into surgery to donate the organs.

I was always planning to donate my organs, but that story pushed me over the edge. If those parents can do it, so can I.

I do wonder if my organs will be useful - I have a disease that bars me from blood drives, so I don't know if they can actually use my organs.

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@first2summit: I admit I have no data, it is just a fear of mine. In my experiance the business office and lawyers push patient care more than doctors, and the business office is there to maximize profits, it is there job and they do it well. What I have seen done especially in social security patients is the hospital will relase a patient who is not well and readmit them when they have to come back the next day under a slightly different diagnosis so they can collect more money. If they are willing to do that, I am fairly sure they don't always have the patents best intrest at heart.
So to all of you that are organ doners you are awesome and you are doing a great thing, I'm sorry but it's not for me.

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@first2summit: Is there data that supports the other side? Just asking. I've not thought of ruger's theory until now.

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@ruger9mm: While I am an organ doner, the thought has occured to me that since the GOVERNMENT controls the organ doner program and they are attempting to take over the ENTIRE medical program...we might have a conflict of intrest here.

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@ruger9mm: While it's true that the business side is to make money, believe me when I say they don't have to resort to such tactics to get business. They're busy enough given all the accidents and other health issues going on.

Re: social sec patients, hospitals, etc would rather not get them because the gov, i.e. Medicare, Medical, gets the lowest rates. In other words, they would rather get someone on some insurance plan than Medicare/Medical because the pre-negotiated rates with the insurance companies are higher.

I can see how you can come to form those opinions but they really don't hold if you really dig deeper.

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@nafsllib: I was caught turning the wrong way when I exited a highway and was pulled over. I did it on purpose to avoid hitting a red light and I was totally bagged. The MA state police officer asked me for my paperwork, looked at my license and registration and said 'I see you're an organ donor.' He then threw my paperwork and my license into my car and said 'Screw.' He drove off before I did.

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@svenkirk & @wilfbrim: If you live in Illinois, your family has no say in whether or not your organs get donated due to First-Person Consent (as long as you sign up for it).

http://www.lifegoeson.com/fpfaq.html

Edit: Apparently there are many other states with this same legislation in place.

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@mtm2: There is no conflict of interest as the gov doesn't benefit from this. They maintain the list as there needs to be a centralized database of people needing the list. Imagine if it wasn't centralized - people needing a lung would have to get on multiple databases. Then if a lung is found, who gets it cause there are multiple people are at the top of each list?

As to the proof otherwise, I'm not sure if there is a burden of proof. The doctors work to save lives. The lawyers and business people aren't in the OR or in meetings telling the doctors to not save lives. They may save who gets treatment by way of insurance. If it was happening, I think we'd see some whistleblowing happening a lot sooner, especially when the whistleblower gets a 10% reward.

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Not only am I an organ donor, It's both in my will and my family is well aware that the rest of my body and anything that can't be reused is to be donated to any medical school that will take it. I don't mind if some young medical student uses my corpse to practice suturing or just for an anatomy lesson. I want any possible good that can come from my corpse to be exploited.

Then again, I've never been one to understand the big deal about corpses. My mother has been dead for 16 years and the cemetary is only a few miles away, but I don't feel the need to go visit her gravesite so I can be near her decomposing remains. I understand the connection of people who do, but I don't need that for myself.

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@ruger9mm: I just realized the flawed assumption - that you think the same hospital is performing the transplant surgery. This isn't necessarily true. This is how it works:

- someone dies in hospital A
- organs are ran against the gov managed organ database
- matches are found. Dr and recipients are notified.
- organs are harvested in hospital A
- couriers are sent to retrieve the organs and delivered to hospitals B, C, D, etc
- receiving hospitals then perform the transplants. It is possible that the recipient can have the transplant performed at hospital A but that would mean they're in the same geo area.

Hospital A's income is limited to the initial surgery to try to save the person and then the harvesting procedure. That's it.

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Only since last year, but yes, and from now on. Honestly, the older I get, the more I understand that alive we are basically composting machines, and dead we are basically compost. And if we can provide spare parts to make other machines last longer once we're worn out, why the hell not?

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I haven't filled it out on my license but my spouse and I have discussed it and we both want our organs donated. I would want an organ if I ever needed one, so it would be greedy/hypocritical to not offer mine in return upon my death.

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@first2summit: The flaw here is that you believe the hospitals aren't connected...or the doctors in their practices...or through the insurance company.

And as to the conflict, it is in the control. Government continues to demonstrate the inability to do what is right in so many areas.

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The assertion that a hospital will be more inclined to let you die when critically injured if you are an organ donor isn't an "opinion" - it's a flat-out falsehood. In addition to all the logical and ethical reasons raised by others, just imagine the lawsuits if they were found to be negligent in this area.

I carry a card in my wallet that clearly identifies me as a donor, says that I have an advanced health care directive, lists people and alternates who can make decisions for me, and has the phone number of my estate lawyer.

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@mtm2: I'm not sure you understand what conflict of interest means because you haven't described any conflicts. Nor have you described the connections between all the orgs and how they are bad and work against the patient, specifically to ruger9mm's assertion - that the hospitals would rather let the person die and get the money through additional transplant procedures (which I wrote is untrue above) and how the insurance companies would benefit.
If anything, the insurance companies would rather the patient die as they'd be the ones to cover the costs so that's in conflict to any connection that they're be working together.

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I think rugers has been watching too many medical dramas on tv. The chance of you being near death and a match for your kidneys being at the same hospital? Unlikely

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@first2summit: Flaw conceded. I don't know if I will change my stance, but you have shot a massive hole in my theory. I will at the very least remove my foil hat. ;P

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@mossygreen: Me too also.
But from the first time offered. Once I'm dead, my parts are no longer me, mine or of any further use to me. If they could help other people than that's a Good Thing. I'm pretty sure a medical school would enjoy dissecting me. Use me up and plant the rest under a tree.

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While we're on the topic of donations, time for everybody to consider registering as a a Bone Marrow donor at http://marrow.org/Join/Join_the_Registry.aspx

And don't be scared off by the thought of having marrow sucked out of your bones, as that's not nearly as common (although it does still happen) as the majority of donations do not involve surgery. Today, the patient's doctor most often requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical. Who knows?! Maybe deals.woot will be one of the driving forces towards ensuring that every person who needs a marrow donation can find a match on the registry.