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Of the Greatest Gifts On April 9 1995 Alisa Flatows a junior at a University life ended The bus she was riding in during a trip was rammed by a van fully loaded with explosives Her father Stephen Flatow had to fly there from America to confirm his daughters death She was killed by a blunt trauma to the head by a piece of the bomb After consulting with their rabbi the parents of Alisa decided to donate her organs That decision allowed six other people to live Kroot Many families make this choice daily In the middle of losing a loved one parents and families are asked the question Would you like to donate their organs to help others While most American say they want to donate organs upon death most dont Only about 40 of potential organ donations are received Associated Press Why is their such a low percentage of organ donations and what happens when the organs are finally available When talking to people a common conception is that most people want to donate However in reality most people dont A main source of these problems is confusion at death People dont like to talk about this kind of subject so the family usually does not know Kroot Others are concerned about stories and myths that they have heard about the whole organ donation process Today you can sign registration while getting a license from the DMV The best precaution although remains to talk with family because ultimately they make the final choice Theyre several misunderstandings about organ donation Kathie Kroot the writer of A Jewish Perspective on Organ Transplantation states some of the most common misconceptions I dont want my body mutilated Normal funerals are possible because organs are removed surgically I might want to donate one organ but I do not want to donate everything Your wishes will be followed when you only volunteer certain
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