Organ Transplants

Is the American system of organ allocation fair?

What is Organ Transplantation

Organ transplantation is the process of a person receiving an organ such as a heart, lung, kidney etc. from a donor. That donor could alive or dead, but if the donor is dead his or her organs could be salvaged within a certain time period. The process of organ allocation gives people a second chance at life if they were close to death with an illness.

Pros of the American system of organ allocation.

  • It saves lives everyday
  • it gives people a second chance
  • It is a way to help other people ex: If you are a donor you can save a stranger's life knowing
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Cons of the American system of organ allocation.

  • The mentally disabled are denied a place on the waiting list
  • People over the age of 75 are also often denied a place on the waiting list
  • 4368 die every year on the waiting list (about 12 a day)
  • Not enough organ donors
  • Not all patients have a match
The Hastings Center

More information on organ allocation.

Final Thoughts

I think that the American system of organ allocation is not fair to a certain degree. The waiting list is where American doctors messed up. They sometimes pick and chose who gets the organs. When they do this it eliminates people who truly need it. At least when a person is on a waiting list they can have hope, but when doctors just reject a person because of disabilities or age they have no hope-no hope of starting a new life meeting grandchildren even. This is just downright disturbing to me, and I wish doctors would at least put them on list. The doctors don't even consider some people; they just look at what the person's age is and if they have disabilities, and take a seconded to make their decision.