posted on Jul, 22 2017 @ 11:59 AM
a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
You do realize that people who need organs cannot become organ donors, right? Their organs are not viable...that's why they need different ones.
Organ transplant is complex. For one thing, you can't just take a heart or something out of one person and pop it into someone else. There has to be a
tissue match between the donor and the recipient...and there has to be a dire, emergent condition to warrant a transplant medically.
Organ recipients only qualify for a transplant when they are below a certain percentage of organ function. They have to be actively dying to receive
an organ. And they've been very sick for a very long while by that time. They do not qualify as organ donors themselves, even if their other organs
are still in OK shape, because when one organ system fails, the body is compromised systemically.
I know quite a few transplant patients, and they all express regret at not being able to pay it forward with one of their own organs. But even after
they're well again, they'll be on anti rejection medications and many other drugs for the rest of their lives, and those substances have side effects
that make them non-viable as organ or blood donors. So the people I know help out in other ways in the community.
They are the most grateful people you'll ever meet, and I'd gladly give my organs to any one of them without expecting anything in return. I know many
who didn't make it because they died before a tissue match could be located, and that's one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever witnessed in
two decades of working in medicine.