posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 09:05 AM
The idea that you are possibly given less medical treatment or more is a total fallacy, as I have outlined in my post above, the only injuries that
matter are head injuries. Any other traumas has nothing to do with organ donation.
I can tell you *from experience* that all head traumas regardless of the indivdual, regardless of whether or not they have insurance, or smoke, or
drink - or any other factors, are all treated with one thing in mind - to save that human beings life. If you think anything else you are horribly
During the course of treatment, if the patients reaches brain death, the doctor calls in an Organ Donation Team, a specialized group of people with
ZERO ties to the hospital other than the business of dealing with donations. All care is handed over to them once brain death is declared. NO
decisions are made *in the field* ie: when the accident just happened.
If a patient reaches brain death prior to reaching the hospital, and all vital organs cease to function the organs are no longer viable.
A brain dead patient must be kept alive on life support systems while matching and multiple tests are done. This can take anywhere from a few hours to
a couple of days. Once the testing is done, procurement takes place, and the pages go out to the recipients to get to the hospital.
One woman I saw refused to allow them to take her husbands heart, because it belonged to her. I cried. For a whole host of reasons.
But people speaking negatively about donation are making a huge mistake in doing so because it is usually based on false and erroneous thinking which
has no basis in reality.
I myself have recieved donor bone tissue twice and will again in the very near future, which can be removed after any death, same as the eyes and
Medical science has made leaps and bounds in rejection issues. You used to not be able to donate skin and bone.
Someone said "most organs do not make it anywhere" or something similar. If the organs are being donated, I beg to differ that in brain death,
almost all organs donated find a recipient.
And if you plan to donate your body to a medical school as a cadaver, you best do it now, because they will not accept you after death. You cannot
"will" your body to science.
I am so very grateful for the gifts that have been given to me, as are all recipients of organ donations. I owe them unspeakable thanks for what their
generosties did for me and many many others.