The Greatest Gift of Life; Organ Donation.
  1. Introduction
  2. Attention Getter: Organ Donation ad.
  3. Thesis Statement/Main Overall Point:
To significantly help reduce the number of people fighting for their lives, you can help by giving a vital part of yourself to someone else.
  1. Credibility Statement
    About 118,277 people in the United States are waiting for an organ, and about 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ. There are only about 30,000 transplants performed each year and more than 6,000 people die each year from lack of a donor organ. According to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services “last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible” but there are still thousands of people waiting.
  2. Relevance Statement (optional)
    Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or an organ of the human body, from a living or dead participant to a living person in need for a transplant. Organs that can be donated are the kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the intestines. People can also donate tissue, skin, veins, and even corneas.
  3. Review Main Points (optional)
    Most people are hesitant to donate organs because of the many myths that are connected with it. They are not the facts. We will discuss the correct facts on the process of organ donation and how to register to become a participant.

II. Body
  1. Main Point 1- Bandwagoning, he said, she said, so it must be true; Myths about Organ donations that prevents people from wanting to become an organ donor.
  2. One of the myths is that is that if an individual is injured and sent to the hospital and the doctors know that he or she is a registered organ donor, they wouldn’t put the necessary effort to save that individuals life. This is only a myth and not a fact because the medical team in the hospital that treats you is different from the individuals that deal with organ donations and transplant.

  3. Another myth is that if you’re an organ donor you wouldn’t be able to have an open casket funeral due to the scars you would have as a result of being an organ donor. This is false because during the wake the deceased is in clothing and Eyes are closes, concealing eye donation.

  4. Another false accusation of organ donation is that the family of the donor will be charged with donating organs. This is false because the costs associated with recovering and processing organs and tissues for transplant are never passed on to the donor family. The family may be expected to pay for medical expenses incurred before death is declared and for expenses involving funeral arrangements, but nothing more.

  5. Some people also believe that donating an organ would lead to future health problems. There are some organs you can give up all or part of without having long-term health issues. For example the kidney, liver or lung. Your body will compensate for the missing organ or organ part. If it is determined that donating an organ would put your health at risk in the short term or long term, then you would not be able to donate.

  6. Some people say that donating an organ is not allowed in their religion. This is not necessarily true because most religions. View organ donation as an act of goodwill. If you’re unsure you are advised to talk to a spiritual adviser of your religion.

  7. Some individuals don’t support organ donations because they believe the waiting list is based on status and money. If you’re rich or famous then you would be put ahead than those who are poor. This is false because the list is based on blood type and match potential. Those are the factors that determine your place on the waiting list not race or social status.

  8. Many individuals think that when you are deceased is the only time when your organs can be used. Donating body organs such as Kidneys, parts of the liver, and bone marrow can be donated by the living.

  9. Another myth is that hospitals sell organ parts for profit. In the United States the sale of body parts is illegal and is a felony which an individual can be fined and serve up to five years in prison.

  1. Facts about Organ donation in the United States.

  1. Since 1988 over half a million transplant have occurred in the United States. Over 117,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes a new person is added to the organ transplant waiting list. There is an approximate rate of 77 organ transplants that takes place every day in the U.S but still an average of eighteen people die every day because they did not receive a needed organ donation. The more people that are organ donor registrants, the more chances at life these people will have.

  2. Nearly 10 percent of the patients currently waiting for liver transplants are young people under 18 years of age.

3.An estimated 12,000 people who die each year meet the criteria for organ donation, but less than half of that number becomes actual organ donors and
the success rate for organ transplants is between 80 to 90 percent.

4. There is a new machine called heart-in-a-box. In 2006 , surgeons in Europe transplanted the first heart using the TransMedics Organ Care System, a portable device that keeps the heart alive and beating. With this new technology more than 200 live organ transplants have been completed to date.

5. Donors' organs are matched to waiting recipients by a national computer registry, called the National Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). This computer registry is operated by an organization known as the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which is located in Richmond, Virginia.
There are currently 58 organ procurement organization also known as OPO across the country, which provide organ procurement services to 261 transplant centers.

6. By law all hospitals are required to have a “Required Referral” system. Under this system, the hospital must notify their local Organ Procurement Organization of all patient deaths. If the OPO determines that organ donation is appropriate in a particular case. A representative will than contact the immediate family of the deceased. The family would be offer options of donating their loved one’s organs.

  1. What are the requirements of becoming an organ donor and how do you register?

    1. Anyone is eligible to become an organ donor. Individuals under the age of eighteen must have consent from a parent.

    2. For organ donation after death, a medical assessment will be done to determine what organs can be donated. Certain conditions, such as having HIV, actively spreading cancer, or severe infection would exclude organ donation.

    3. To be able to donate your organs after death you can register with your state’s donor registry or, you can fill out an organ donor card. This can be done when you go and renew your state license or ID at the DMV.

    4. It is important for the individual that is volunteering to talk to his or her loved ones, because at the time of death the immediate family of that individual will be asked to sign a consent form for donation. According to a research conducted by Web MD on organ donation and transplant, it is estimated that about 35 percent of potential donors never become donors because family members refuse to give consent.

5. In order to become a living donor, you can either work directly with your family member or friend's transplant team, or contact a transplant center in your area to find out who's in need of an organ.

    1. The Big Impact on Science and Lives

1.Organ donations allow scientists and doctors to understand certain diseases and their effect on human body. Also, emerging research may bring forth cures and treatments for previously undiscovered medical conditions.

2. Dr. Daw Khin Myint suffered multiple brain hemorrhages leaving her brain dead. Her daughter wasn’t very much informed about organ donation. Until an advocate from one legacy talked to them about organ donation. It hurt her daughter to let her go, but she looked at it as someone getting a second chance to live because of her mother. (

3. Justin Bieber was asked by a fan to spread the word about organ donation. He used tweeter to bring awareness of her story how she herself needs a lung transplant. After the tweet went out the Ontario-based Trillium Gift of Life Network has seen donations skyrocket to more than 1,200 people, four times the amount than usually.

4. Dyamond, a high school student was in need of a kidney and liver transplant. She was given a second chance in life by an eleven year old boy. She never knew before what it meant to be healthy till she lived her new life with Jacob's organs. To her, he is her hero.

5. Open hearted; A heart recipient's letter to her organ donor. From Melissa to Chloe; “Your gift is my greatest joy … I'm more alive than I have ever been and forever I will be grateful of your gift. Which represents the highest level of compassion for others. ”

III Conclusion
  1. Review Main Points (optional)
Over 1,000 people die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes. Despite the continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation. Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives.

B. Clincher: “Voices for Organ Donation”Real people, real story.