Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Body and Organ Donation is Frugal

How can donating your organs and body be a frugal thing to do you ask? Well, the answer is simple; you are helping other people to live.

I understand that donating organs and or your entire body after death can be a religious no no. However, if you are not bound by your religious beliefs why not help others.

How does donating my organs and or body help others?

There are over 120,000 people currently in need of organs and tissue transplants. Of course these people have to be on a registry to receive organs as well as those who want to donate after they pass away. Each and every day 20 people who are waiting on a organ transplant end up dying.

One person who donates their organs can save up to 50 lives. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Eyes
  • Skin/Tissue
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Pancreas
  • Intestine
A Personal Story

My sister passed away 12 years ago from complications of Lupus. She simply went to sleep one night and never woke up. She was 49 years old. 

My sister was so sick with Lupus she wanted to make sure she could help scientists find a cure or treatment for this terrible disease. Upon her death she donated her entire body to the Miami Medical Center for medical students and doctors to study. 

Talk about a selfless act. My sister was the very first person in our family to do an entire body donation and this has led my brother and myself to donate our bodies as well to medical science. How else are new doctors to learn about what certain diseases do to our bodies and with tissue samples and other tests doctors and scientists can hopefully come up with some type of cure or treatment.

Who is looking for organ donations?

The people who need these organ donations are sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers and children. It doesn't matter what age you are or what color you are, we all have the same organs. Through the death of one person, that one person who has a donation card can save up to 50 of these people.

How do I donate?

Here in the United States when you are getting a drivers license for the first time or renewing your license, you can simply check a box that states you are a organ donor. When you die your organs are harvested to help others. 

Entire body donation can be made through your nearest medical school or hospital that is accepting entire bodies. There is a simple application to fill out and mail in to the donation facility. 

Discuss with your loved ones

If you have a family or close loved one and you are all for organ and or body donation please discuss it with them. Explain your feelings about donating and how you are helping many who can be saved and live a long and healthy life.

Also, put your wishes down in a Last Will and Testament. Make sure you include any letters from medical schools that you have been accepted as a donor. Also, include a copy of your drivers license which shows you are a donor.

Of course donating your body and organs has to be done immediately after death so make sure everyone in your family knows your wishes.

How is this frugal?

Donating your organs and or entire body is frugal in that you are sharing of yourself, your entire self, in order to help others live. You are helping a young child live a full and happy life which would otherwise be lost to their terrible illness.

You are helping medical science find cures and treatments for diseases. You are helping to teach future medical doctors and medical scientists of the world by studying your body.

What are Body Farms?

Body farms are research facilities that teach the different decomposition of bodies in various scenarios. By studying the decomposition of a body in scenarios such as being buried in a shallow grave or being in the water, students, doctors and forensic detectives can accurately tell how long the body was exposed to the elements.

Why is this so important to learn? Well, this way by studying how the body decomposes in certain scenarios then forensic detectives can accurately tell how long the body has been exposed and dead. Pretty interesting stuff.

In the United States there are at least seven (7) body farms with bodies donated in the name of science.

I know this may have been a gruesome topic to some, however, to others this may have peaked an interest in organ and body donation.


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Body and Organ Donation is Frugal

How can donating your organs and body be a frugal thing to do you ask? Well, the answer is simple; you are helping other people to live. ...