Will you donate your body organs if you meet an untimely death?

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    Feb 17, 2009 5:50 AM GMT

    Hi. I've just begun watching Grey's Anatomy, as in the 3rd episode of Season 1. And it just occured to me if you'd consider pre-arranging organ donation should you suddenly die with your body organs intact? What are your thoughts?

    I'm seriously considering it. I don't see any moral implications about it. Rather than leave your body to decay, you might as well give it to someone who may find use for it, even if it's only a part or two.
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    Feb 17, 2009 8:13 AM GMT
    May I have your heart? I mean, if you don't need it.
  • tylerrr

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    Feb 17, 2009 8:18 AM GMT
    ZiMsTeR said
    I don't see any moral implications about it.


    If anything, it would probably be more moral to donate. In WA state, you can sign up to be an organ donor when you get your license, which I've done.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 17, 2009 8:26 AM GMT
    If you donate blood and are honest and tell them you have had sex with same gender, they don't wan't it here in NNJ even if you are HIV - It is on the questionare at our annual corporate blood drives.( That, being underweight anemic or recent tattos sends you right outta the blood mobile.) I doubt they'd take your organs then, but I'm not 100% sure maybe someone knows for certain.
  • tylerrr

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    Feb 17, 2009 8:39 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike said I doubt they'd take your organs then, but I'm not 100% sure maybe someone knows for certain.


    Blood donation and organ donation are quite a bit different, and I would be very surprised if your organs were rejected because you've had sex with other guys like is often the case with blood. Organs are generally in much greater need -- a potentially good match at the right time is financially worth testing despite a 'higher risk of ineligible disease' from a cost-effectiveness point of view.

    I do find it horribly offensive though that I can't donate blood.
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    Feb 17, 2009 8:46 AM GMT
    im already on the donor list....

    Im healthy but if i die, i die... someone else can live using my body parts.

    if I can save someone even while being dead, im honored
  • CincyBOJ

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    Feb 17, 2009 8:58 AM GMT
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    Feb 17, 2009 9:13 AM GMT
    tylerrr saidIn WA state, you can sign up to be an organ donor when you get your license, which I've done.


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  • tylerrr

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    Feb 17, 2009 9:15 AM GMT
    Yup, you get a little heart on your driver's license. It's not binding, but it doesn't show intent to donate. I had just assumed that was pervasive across the US? Guess not!
  • Delivis

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    Feb 17, 2009 9:20 AM GMT
    I think it is practically immoral not to do so.
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    Feb 17, 2009 9:43 AM GMT
    Im deffinatly doing that or donating my body to science wouldnt want to see it go to waste I mean If it could help someone else out other then cost money to have to bury, we should all do it.
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    Feb 17, 2009 10:34 AM GMT
    I will donate all my organs, tissues, and anything else they want to take. Better for it not to go to waste. The rest can go to science. If they don't want it, cremate it. No sense in wasting space in a graveyard.
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    Feb 17, 2009 10:38 AM GMT
    Yes, I'm on the donor's list already.
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    Feb 17, 2009 10:46 AM GMT
    Fo sure!

    I signed up when I got my driver's license 7 years ago..
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    Feb 17, 2009 10:55 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidMay I have your heart? I mean, if you don't need it.


    Careful what you wish for. It's beaten, broken and almost rotten. icon_redface.gif
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    Feb 17, 2009 11:04 AM GMT
    I am a donor and they can use whatever they want and cremate the rest.
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:48 PM GMT
    I am a donor
  • Tiller66

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    Feb 17, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
    Yes I'm a doner.I fihure that I won't be needing them anymore so why not
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    Feb 17, 2009 1:09 PM GMT
    I am a Donor
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    Feb 17, 2009 1:09 PM GMT
    If I leave any useful parts behind, go ahead and take them...

    Then there's the thing ... Here in Denmark, if I wanted to become, say a blood or sperm donor, I would have to lie on a questionnaire to be so. Since gay men (statistically) have riskier sexual behaviour they're disqualified as donors.
    So if I lied about being gay and was normally healthy, it'd probably be okay. I feel a bit discriminated icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 17, 2009 1:14 PM GMT
    Men who have sex with men (MSM) haven't been able to donate blood in Canada for ages, but the Conservative government banned MSM from being organ donors just over a year ago. I started a Facebook group protesting it when it was announced. I've been working with Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP MP Olivia Chow on a bill to reverse the new policy. It will definitely be reversed when/if the Liberals get back in to power.


    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7112988369

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    Feb 17, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    I'm a donor as well. I have also have it in my power of attorney that a family gets my heart because she will soon need a transplant.

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    Feb 17, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
    When I get a drivers license I always say on it that I want to be an organ donor.

    I have some paperwork in my inbox that needs to be filled out for being an organ donor - so this is a good reminder to send it in.
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    Feb 17, 2009 2:10 PM GMT
    Of course!
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    Feb 17, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    I see no problem with donation, and plan to do so, but will never be a registered organ donor. My friends mother growing up was an ER nurse and she flat out told us not to be organ donors on our licenses because many ER professionals will simply not work as hard if you are a donor. If I am actually brain dead and there is no chance of my survival harvest all of my organs including my eyes. I will have no use for them, but I want to make sure I actually have no use for them before they are taken.