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Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by FBCPastorsWife, Sep 30, 2004.
Just wondering what everybody thinks about organ donation....living and cadaveric.
I don't have a problem with it, I guess. We're gonna get new bodies anyway, praise God.
I think it's a courageous, selfless, Christlike act.
About 3 years ago, a (then) 20 year old woman in my church chose (and passed the necessary screenings) to be a living donor in a liver transplant to a (then) 52 year old woman who had been her Sunday School teacher several years earlier. The recipient's own liver was rapidly failing due to disease, and her prognosis was very poor.
The donor submitted to the major surgery of having about half of her healthy liver removed, and after several days in the hospital spent the next few weeks fully recovering.
The recipient spent even longer in the hospital and in recovery, of course.
Since such a donation is relatively rare, the local media covered the donation extensively. Both women therefore had several prime opportunities to share their testimonies, both in local newspaper interviews and in newscasts!
Today, about three years later, both donor and recipient are doing great.
For more information about Living Donor Liver Transplants:
[ September 30, 2004, 03:54 PM: Message edited by: LarryN ]
If want them when I am dead, come get them.
While I am living? Ask me first.
That is tremendous!!! This was also the case with me and my donor. My coworker donated a kidney to me. She was 37 and I was 24. My First Transplant Anniversary is Oct. 9, 2004!!!
I praise God for all the people that choose to donate to others (if they can). It has saved my life and I love to hear other people's stories/opinions on the matter!!!
Need a kidney? I have a spare, just call me.
Need some bone marrow? I have plenty.
Need some blood? I have lots.
Anything else? When I'm dead, you can have whatever you need. I won't need my body then,. as it will be an empty shell.
PS - I'm already on the donor list for kidney, marrow, and blood. If you're in good health, y'all should be too. It's a "good steward" and "love thy neighbor" thing.
If I am ever able to loose the amount of weight I want to(doing good so far) I will have excess skin(largest human organ) to donate to burn victims.
I have to say that I think this is a great thread and I am listed on my dl as a donor. However I am embarrassed to say that I need to update my address for my marrow(sp?) donation thingy people.
I used to work in the transplant department for UT Houston and the work the doctors did there was wonderful. UNOS is a good "organ"ization as well as LifeGift. I haven't given blood in a long time because everytime I do that I pass out.
For those of you that are waiting for organs I will be praying. Oh this guy here in Houston put an ad on a giant billboard by one of our freeways telling the public that he was in dyre need of a pancreas and within a week a donor was found, so he went back later and made a thank-you billboard.
My cousin Tim died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on July 4th at age 42. Twelve people received organ donations/ skin/ cornea transplants, etc. from him.
I've been noted as an organ donor on my driver's license since it was first mentioned and all of our children are also.
What wonderful attitudes toward donation.
Keep the posts coming everyone!
I hope if there are any undecided people on this board, that these stories will help them in a decision one day to "Give Life."
About cornea transplants....can anyone who had laser eye surgery (for preventing having glaucoma or other medical condition) donate their own corneas when they die? Just wondering.
When this body lets go of me, you can have whatever stays behind.
I already donate blood and I am on the list as a marrow donor.
Nancy, it shouldn't be a problem. However, you may want to check with one of the following organizations closest to your home to find out for sure. God Bless you for your interest in donation.
Organ & Tissue Donation Services
Public Education Office
1560 Orange Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Toll-free 800.443.6667 (800 44DONOR)
Transplantation Services at Florida Hospital
2501 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804
Donation Services - Satellite Offices
1900 South Harbor City Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901
Halifax Professional Center
311 N. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
LifeLink of Florida
409 Bayshore Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33606
253-2640 or 800-262-5775
Press Contact: Ruth Duncan-Bell
LifeLink of Southwest Florida
12655 New Brittany Blvd., Bldg. 13
Ft. Myers, Florida 33907
Press Contact: Terri Medina
I'm still in the undecided camp. But I have a very openmind. Thanks for the information and the links.
I'm all for it. They can have whatever they can us.
Right now there is a 20 yr old young man at our church who needs a new liver. He's the most deserving person I can think of right now. He loves the Lord something fierce and is actually trying to finish high school--at age 20--he missed a year his freshmen year due to illness.
He's survived colon cancer and is dealing w/Crohns.
He's definitely got a call on his life! If he had 1/2 million he could get a partial liver. Anyone got any cool cash lying around?
I know it's a long shot, but the site listed below allows people to place ads about what organs they need. It costs money to list the ad, but a man just received a liver a couple of days ago because of a connection he made on this site.
I'll be praying for that young man.
I can't donate blood (I'm anemic and on tons of meds)
I am an organ doner...maybe once I'm gone the anemia won't matter?
I am not listed as an organ donor on my drivers lic. Neither is my husband. That decision will made when/if the need for that decision arises.
Dina, that is totally respectable but what would happen to your vital organs if both of you were killed in a car accident? Would other family members give the ok to harvest your organs? I know some people don't think about those situations.
I am a donor. My wife is not. It's not something she wants to think about.