To: Dust in the Wind
I will die with dignity, as well. And others living on with your organs do not preclude this.
My wife had a kidney transplant 3 years ago. Her living brother was the donor. Because of this, perhaps I am more sensitive to transplant issues.
Have you ever been to a gathering of transplant recipients and donors? Seen the quilts with pictures of the kids who died in car crashes, whose families allowed their organs to be used so that others might live? Seen those others, living?
The reality is that even if you sign the drivers license card, your organs won't be transplanted unless your family signs off on it. Making wholesale judgements on transplantation based on one or two bad ethical decisions is ridiculous, but I suppose those who believe everything 60 Minutes reports will have their own opinions.
I had a niece that died due to complications from chemo treatments for Lukemia years ago when she was 16. Because of what she went through those last months, being one of the first bone marrow transplant recipients, many people today are survivors. It couldn't be proven to me that it prolonged her life or its quality though.
I personaly am more like her grandparents and do not want heroic measures taken and all my parts need to go to dust with me. The day is coming for eternal bodies but it is not on this earth as I see it.
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