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By this time tomorrow 16 people in America who are alive right now will be deadNot because they were in a car accident Not because they were gunned down Not because their time had come Not even because they couldnt get to a hospital These folks will be dead simply because they couldnt be given a life saving organ transplant in time Money is not the issue most insurance carriers provide coverage and private and public organizations often pick up the parts not covered Nor is scarcity there are lots of organs out thereIndeed there are literally millions of organs that could be made available to these transplant candidates but they have to come from donors and donors have to volunteer and the families of the donors have to agree with the donors choiceLast year in the United States there were over 19000 organ transplants performed These organ transplants were made from 9845 donors since many donors are able to donate multiple organsNow 19000 transplants may seem like a lot until you learn that there are currently over 83000 patients on the National Transplant Registry awaiting transplantsI have two personal stories to relate regarding organ transplants In 1986 my son was a junior in high school One of his favorite teachers who also happened to be personal friend of ours was diagnosed with a fatal heart disease for which there was no cure His only hope was an organ transplant He was in and out of the hospital for several weeks during that spring and summer and unfortunately he died while waiting for a donor heart That heart never cameFive years later we found out that my sisters husband who had received a tainted blood transfusion over 15 years ago had contracted a liver disease because of that transfusion and would need to have a liver transplant Not only was he faced with the problem of availability of a suitable liver but also the transplant
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