questionsare you an organ donor?

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Might add that it's particularly important for minorities to sign up as organ and bone marrow donors as they tend to be under-represented in the registries.

Regrettably, conspiracy theories such as those raised above are common in minority communities (i.e. whites want to harvest black organs for their own use). This is particularly ironic because it's far less likely for a cross-race organ donation to be a match anyway - and of course it depletes the supply for critically injured and ill minorities.

Religious leaders of all major faiths - including Christianity (including Catholics), Judaism, and Islam - support organ donation because, as a tenet of faith, saving another person's life is highly valued.

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@ruger9mm: In June of 2006 a very good friend of mine got a call that her 19yo son had been in a serious car accident. He was in such bad shape that he was flown to the hospital to see if there was anything they could do to save him. Over the next 2 days of hope and heartbreak, the doctors did everything they could to save him. But, in the end, the decision was made by his parents after consultation with his doctors that he could not be saved. His folks decided that they would donate his organs and 7 lives were either saved or altered by that decision.

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You bet I'm an organ donor. That's one final "good" thing I can do with my life. Save someone else's life. That, to me, is a great feeling. :)

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Been listed as a donor on my driver's license since 2002, and donated a kidney in 2005

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I'm a marrow and organ donor, as well as registered for brainbanking with the Autism Tissue Program. Anyone else want to get in line for a piece of me?

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Depends on how cute she is and if my wife says OK...

Yes, I am an organ donor. Personally I feel being an organ donor should be an opt-out procedure rather than an opt-in one.

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Absolutely. It was the first thing I did when received my drivers permit and always the first thing I do when I get a new drivers license, plus it's on the back of the DNR I keep in my wallet.

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@svenkirk: If you have no verifiable kin, at least in NY, you drivers license is more than enough. Your signature on the back of your drivers license requires two witnesses. It's a legal document that any court would uphold.

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@ruger9mm: Re: 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

This is because of DRG's (diagnosis related groups), basically allows a certain number of days per diagnoses. That is why people will often be readmitted the next day. It's the only way a hospital can be reimbursed for care. This is true for medicare/medicaid and increasingly so for private insurance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagnosis-related_group

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Yes, I don't understand why anyone wouldn't be.

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If anyone is interested in donating their body or body parts to science, contact your local medical school or teaching hospital. They return your cremated remains to whom you request at no cost.

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@first2summit: I used to be an IV drug user. It's been a long time and I'm sure I'm clean, but I'm never allowed to donate blood again anyway.

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they don't want my wife's because she lived in germany for a few years between 1980-1996, she can't even donate blood. They are too worried about mad cow disease.

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Of course. I signed up for being an organ donor as soon as I got a license. I won't need my organs when I'm dead, so why not pass them on?

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Since I have donated my kidney to save the life of my brother, I can call myself to be an organ donor. Organ donation is not an easy decision to make; you have to follow a lot of regulations surrounding it. My brother had a transplant at
http://www.justsavelives.com/kidney-transplant-with-us/ kidney transplant center which indeed gave him a new life and confidence to survive the condition perfectly. As I was a donor at that time, so it was a very fearful experience for me as well, however, seeing my brother living comfortable life has truly made my effort appreciable.