Until three months ago, I had never met anyone in need of an organ transplant. However, recently, I gained the acquaintance of a Hudson Valley based medical practitioner who has spent the past three decades healing injured bodies. He is on a transplant list, waiting for a new heart.
While 95 percent of Americans favor the concept of organ donation, only 52 percent are registered organ donors. Thus, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donations far exceeds the number of available donors. As a result, 22 people die every day. A total of 8,000 deaths occur in the USA each year because no organs are available. Currently, 120,000 men, women and children are waiting to receive new organs. Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
I am making an appeal to those who are not already organ donors, to please consider becoming one. A single donation has the potential to save up to eight lives with organs, corneas and tissues. It is understandable that we feel the need to protest against the genetics that assign defective organs to some unfortunate individuals who are prevented from living full lives. That reaction is even more acute when organ failure falls upon a medical professional who has dedicated his life to healing his patients, and who must now rely upon the generosity of others to help him.