May 7, 2012 |
Facebook is the biggest online social medium in the world. People love it, are uneasy with it, even a little suspicious. It just may have done something inarguably good, with immediate, measurable impact. So far, that seems to be the case with Facebook's new organ-donation push. On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that users can now choose to indicate to their Facebook world that they wish to be organ donors. And, if you choose, a link can whisk you right to your state's donor registry, where you can register online.
February 19, 2008
RICK SELVIN, the ex-Daily News staffer who died recently, was very lucky to get a heart transplant and 10 more years of life. More than half of the 98,000 Americans on the national waiting list will die before they get a transplant, most needlessly. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. More than 6,000 of their neighbors die every year as a result. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage - give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will persuade more people to register as organ donors.
July 14, 2010 |
Robert J. Rehrmann is such a believer in organ donation that he ran a full-page ad in Tuesday's Inquirer urging people to follow his example and register as a donor. "Think of the incredible relief of human suffering you will have helped bring about," the 84-year-old retired aeronautical engineer wrote in the $3,700 advertisement, published in Pennsylvania editions. Alas, his altruistic promotion contained some misinformation about how to register. And it turns out that he actually signed up to give his body for medical education, not organ donation.
April 24, 1999 |
This is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. It's easy, though, to get through the week and still avoid thinking about whether you'd want your family to donate your organs to someone else after you're dead. The issue is distasteful. Any scenario in which you get to donate organs involves either your being dead or someone you love being dead. But every day, people bury livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs in the ground, where they'll rot and decay, instead of giving the gift of life to others like themselves and their loved ones - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, children, grandparents - all longing to return to rich, active lives.
January 11, 2002 |
Last month, the American Medical Association entertained changes to the way we understand organ donation. Whereas organ donation has always been viewed as a gift, the AMA suggested that we investigate offering financial incentives to encourage organ donation. The proposal was inspired in part by a questionable statistic: that only about a third of all eligible donors agree to donate their organs. In fact, donation rates are most reliably assessed at a regional level, and in some regions considerable majorities consent to donation.
April 16, 1995 |
On her dead son's birthday and at Christmastime, Judy Carr inquires about his organs, to see how they are doing in their new lives. When she learned a few weeks ago that one of his kidneys had failed, she grieved anew for her Tim, lost in a car wreck at age 18. Yet Carr, of Mary Esther, Fla., has found in organ donation a source of redemptive power. And so it has been for Pat Bell of Tampa. She believes her Jonathan has continued to help people since a gunshot claimed him. "His heart valves, his strong, young, healthy, 17-year-old male bones.
April 18, 1996 |
A week ago, Barbara March climbed into a crib at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and curled against her 2-year-old son, Matthew, for one last hug. For 45 days, Matthew had been waiting for a double-lung transplant. The lungs did not come in time and he had slipped into a coma. Instead, he would become a donor. After that final hug, Barbara March, a 32-year-old Coatesville teacher, and her husband, Benjamin, a 44-year-old businessman, let a surgeon take Matthew's kidneys for another deathly ill child.
February 24, 2004 |
I thought I was dreaming. When I renewed my driver's license recently, I walked into an empty photo center and strolled right up to a smiling clerk. There was no waiting in line, no sitting patiently listening for my name to be called. In fact, I didn't even have time to take off my jacket as I handed over my old license and was asked to answer some routine questions that popped up on a computer screen next to me. I answered the first few in a daze, still a little stunned by the prompt, courteous service.
April 18, 1999
Many newly bereaved families face the issue of organ donation full of questions and doubts - but with little time to resolve them. As the need increases for hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys, the challenge is how to boost participation in organ donation and get people talking about the choice before a tragedy occurs. Nationwide, only about 14,000 people who die each year are suitable candidates for donation. Last year, only 5,700 out of those 14,000 were donors. In Pennsylvania last year, only 394 donors provided lungs, kidneys, hearts - while 800 people on the 4,500-person waiting list died awaiting transplants.
January 22, 2001 |
When the Rev. Dayle Malloy discovered that it would be possible for her to donate a kidney to her husband, Dick, the decision took no time at all. "It seemed like the most natural thing in the world to me," she said. But because donating an organ is not so natural for others, Pastor Malloy, 53, an associate at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, also will donate her experience to try to persuade them. "It is such a blessing and gift that we can give," she said of the opportunity to educate her 5,700-member congregation.