#60 Become a Registered Organ Donor: Accomplished!
This mission was inspired by a very close friend who recently underwent successful heart transplant surgery.
Organ transplantation is now a highly successful procedure and is considered routine surgical practice for treating many chronic illnesses. Over the past fifty years, surgeons have made great strides in kidney, liver, heart and lung transplantation. At least twenty one different organs, as well as various bodily issues, can now be successfully transplanted into patients. Organ recipients can expect to live for years or even decades after receiving a transplanted organ. However, despite this progress, all too often there are no suitable organs available to meet the increasing demand.
Seeing the joy and immense promise that successful organ transplantation has brought to a close friend’s personal journey has reminded me of how we have all been entrusted with a beautiful gift; the gift of LIFE. It has awakened me to the importance of making this gift available if, by chance, I was to end up in situation where it would be the one last thing I could offer someone else. It isn’t easy to think about but, by becoming an organ donor, you can save up to seven lives when you die. Your heart, kidneys, pancreas, liver and lungs can be used to give critically ill people the chance to live a longer and healthier life. What’s more, you could help up to fifty others by donating tissues such as corneas, heart valves, skin and bone.
One final thought: how often do we look at our bodies in disapproval, criticising ourselves for not measuring up to some fancy, unrealistic ideal of what we should look like to be perfect? I hope that, after reading this, you are able to overlook those insignificant imperfections, and have a newfound appreciation for your basic functional abilities, realizing that - somewhere in the world - there is someone who would give anything to walk just a few hundred metres without having to stop, every ten steps or so, to catch their breath because their body is simply unable to function like yours.
If you are interested in becoming a registered organ donor, visit South Africa’s Organ Donor Foundation website. Signing up is easy, and you will receive your donor card within 2 weeks.
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