in honor of Barbara Seranella

please visit this page.

And become an organ donor.

7 replies
  1. Therese Fowler
    Therese Fowler says:

    I live in North Carolina, where we have the option to designate ourselves as donors on our drivers licenses.

    I’m a donor.

    When I took my oldest son for his license last August, the clerk at the DMV asked him if he wanted to be a donor. Of course, if he were to die (god forbid) prior to his 18th birthday, I would have the authority to see his organs donated. But I didn’t chime in, didn’t influence HIS view of what he would want.

    He chose to be a donor, all on his own.

    I thought I might cry, I was so proud of him.

    Thanks, Tess, for lending your weight to a noble cause.

  2. Charissa
    Charissa says:

    My friends and I had a big argument about having ‘organ donor’ listed on our drivers license. (As here in New Zealand we also have the option to have ‘organ donor’ on our drivers license.)

    When I go for mine, I will have ‘organ donor’ on it for sure!

    My friend(s) reason for not having it on their license was: “It’s too weird to have my organ(s) in someone elses body!” I think it’s just being picky. They could save a life!

  3. John
    John says:

    Here in the UK there is debate over whether or not we should adopt an “opt-out” system for organ donation rather than the current “opt-in” system. At present, if someone dies and he carries an organ donation card and/or has registered with the NHS Organ Donor Register the family of a deceased person can actually object to and overrule those wishes and prevent organs being donated despite it being the expressed wishes of their loved one. Perhaps not surprisingly there is a huge shortage of available organs for transplant so hundreds of people die each year on Transplant waiting lists.
    I for one believe we should adopt an opt-out system; consent for donation is assumed unless one opts out in writing. Tens if not hundreds of lives will be saved each year.

  4. april
    april says:

    I’ve always been one since I was 16. My parents didn’t tell me if they were, wanting me to make the decison on my own.

    For whatever reason, my husband and his family were not. I respect his decision even if I disagreed with it. However, we were watching an episode of ER where a family whose child was going to die and were asked to donate organs to help another little one in the hospital. The husband got irate because they wouldn’t help another family out. I asked him if would. He said it would be difficult, but he likes to think he would so I asked him why he’d donate his child’s organs and not his own. He had no argument and changed his status shortly after.

    Almost a decade later, my brother-in-law married a woman whose father had a kidney transplant and her brother provided him with his second. That process convinced the rest of my inlaws to get on board.

    It’s just really comforting to know that if something happens to me, someone else can benefit.

  5. Meike
    Meike says:

    Here in the Netherlands, we have a federal opt-in system too. Everyone aged eighteen or older gets a form through the mail where they can choose between donating, not donating, or leaving it up to family and loved ones. However, since the number of donors is declining, there’s been talk of having an opt-out system.

    Which, I think, is only fair, because if you really don’t care what happens after you die, why not help out?

    I never carried a codicil around with me, but once I turned eighteen I got registered as a donor and before that, I made sure my parents knew what I wanted.

    To be frank, I really don’t understand people who refuse this. After all, what good would it do them?

  6. Jaye Patrick
    Jaye Patrick says:

    I can think of nothing worse than a doctor approaching my family and asking them if it’s okay to rip a few things out of one of us… just so someone else can use them.

    That’s why we are all organ donors. That emotionally devastating situation won’t arise because the decision has already been made.

    I’m also on the bone marrow list, and was on the blood donor list until the Mad Cow thing in England; now they won’t take it until a detection test can be developed.

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