Christina Taylor Green died in the Tucson shootings, but her organs live on in another child. Though the family's loss is unmeasured, they find some solace in the gift that their daughter has given another family. Many parents choose to become organ donors, but never entertain the idea for their offspring. Do you know the facts about pediatric organ donation?Take the Quiz
Are laws meant to be broken when your child's life is at stake? Inhale is a phenomenal film that explores the lengths that law abiding citizens and parents Paul and Diane Stanton (Dermot Mulroney and Diane Kruger) take to try and save their ailing daughter Chloe's (Mia Stallard) life as she waits for a lung transplant. The movie is incredibly difficult to watch at points as it explores illegal organ trafficking, but the flick also poses an intense ethical question. What would you do?
This might not be the sunniest of topics, but after reading the stories of hope that can accompany tragic accidents recently in the New York Times, I believe organ donation is certainly a topic worthy of discussion. I am not alone — Katherine Heigl is with me on this. After her older brother died in an automobile accident, Heigl's parents opted to donate their son's organs: his heart and kidneys saved the lives of three people, and his corneas gave sight to two others. In many of these generous tales, the act of donating organs helps the surviving family members make sense of a death of a loved one. It helps life to go on, literally.
In California, you can commit to the process by checking the organ donor box when you apply for your driver license. That's what I did — it was an easy decision. My neighbors growing up were both kidney transplant specialists, and the couple taught me that organ donation was a generous act and an act of life. Simply telling your loved ones that you would like to be an organ donor is a great place to start. You can learn more at the Donate Life website.
Tell me . . .
Except for my visits to the DMV, organ donation is not something I think about that often. Luckily, I've never needed an organ and neither has anyone close to me. I do have the organ donor sticker on my license though — if the possibility exists that I can give someone a second chance at life, then I'm all for it.
This month, a new law went into effect in Israel that encourages more of the county's citizens to become organ donors. If you become an organ donor, then you receive priority treatment if you ever need a transplant yourself. Israel has an alarmingly low rate of donors — about 10 percent of its adults. In America, a recent survey showed that although 95 percent of Americans support organ donation, only 40 percent are registered donors.
These numbers are only a reflection of deceased donors — people who donate their organs after they die. There is also a growing need for living organ donors — people who are willing to donate their kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung, intestine, or pancreas while living. And while we may have more organ donors than other countries, there are still over 100,000 people in the United States waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
I'm curious . . .
Becoming a donor is probably your only chance of getting inside her.
Some organizations in support of worthy causes seem to think that it's OK to create sexist ads to get their message across. (Yes, PETA, I'm referring to you, too.) Take this Dutch (?) ad in support of organ donation. Is it really OK to use this sprawled woman as sexual enticement? The ends don't justify the means, if you ask me. This is just lazy and lame.
Ever thought of being an organ donor? Well pretty soon New Jersey drivers will be forced to confront that question — a new law will require drivers to say yes or no to organ donation.
Under the "New Jersey Hero Act" those who say no will have to review information about it, and check a box that says: "I have reviewed the importance of organ donation.” Individuals who can't decide may designate someone else to decide for them (that's a lot of pressure!). Hoping to dispel myths, the law also includes mandatory organ donation education in New Jersey high schools, and colleges will have to provide information at campus health centers.
Currently 24.5 percent (1.75 million) of New Jersey drivers authorize organ donation. To find out how many people need transplants, and how this law could go even further, read more
The kindness of strangers makes the world go 'round. And, in this case it was a flier a mother saw at her children's elementary school that convinced her to give the greatest gift, that of life to an eight-year-old stranger.
After quickly researching the procedure and consulting her husband, Laura Bolan agreed to give Sarah Dickman her organ. According to an Associated Press article:
The suburban Atlanta girl was born with the genetic disease juvenile nephronophthisis, which slowly destroys the kidneys. Without treatment, it can kill a child before the age of 15.
To see what happened, read more