How we can make the process of organ donation more effective.
This paper outlines the current method of allocating needed organs and also outlines the way that it should be changed to as agreed by doctors across the world to make the process more effective. The author cites numerous examples.
“On November 8, 2000, seventeen-year-old Leah Therese Loeffler of Middletown, Maryland met her fate. She died from injuries sustained in a brutal car accident just the day before. Though her death was tragic and untimely, life sprang from the remains of her petite, damaged body. Leah’s uninjured organs were harvested and allocated to individuals in desperate need of a second chance. Her death is responsible for sustaining the lives of several individuals. Leah was their second chance, which makes it evident that the importance of one organ is so monumental that it should not matter whether the person lives across the country or right next door to the donor. Something must be done to decrease the amount of deaths related to poor allocation of one of the nations most valuable and most scarce resource: human organs. The issue at hand is the discrepancies in the organ allocation process by which a committee chooses what organs go where and to whom. The determining factor on who is next to receive an organ should be simply who needs it the most. The needs of critically ill patients should be taken into primary consideration when determining who gets a second chance.”