"The list is what they use for propaganda. It's the marketing tool. It's always: 'The waiting list. The waiting list. The growing waiting list,' " Luebke said. "It's what they use to argue that we need more organs. But it's dishonest."
Depending on the type of organ needed, the list can be wildly inaccurate. Nearly *69 percent* of those waiting for a pancreas were ineligible to actually receive one should it become available, according to NBC News. Roughly a third of those waiting for a kidney were ineligible as well.
Sometimes, a person is temporarily unable to receive an organ due to sickness or infection. Naturally, if I got the flu and a needed kidney became available, it wouldn't be the ideal time for a transplant. But folks are on the list who were ineligible for OVER two years. Don't you think after a couple years that it's time to face the reality that you're really not going to get the transplant? I know it has to be hard for the families to face the fact that Grandpa is just NEVER going to get that liver or pancreas. That he will die of the condition or with it. Probably it's the most depressing part of being a doctor, having to tell patients and their families realities like this and remove them from the waiting lists. But it has to be done sometime.
The large number of people on the lists is spurring insane political action on the part of donor advocacy groups:
Advocates are also pushing a controversial strategy for obtaining organs from patients who are not yet brain-dead, known as donation after cardiac death, or DCD.
"The push for DCD is based solely on the idea that we have a huge disparity of organs," said Gail Van Norman, an anesthesiologist and bioethicist at the University of Washington.
So... Let's see if I have this right. "Donation advocates" would already want me to donate organs from living, breathing family members who are "brain dead" and presumably will not recover. They'd traipse into the hospital room and ask me to consider helping out all those poor suffering people who would die without an organ transplant. Think of all the people who have their wits intact I could save by allowing my loved one to be chopped up piecemeal and distributed like spare auto parts. Wouldn't that be nice of me? It's the Christian thing to do to help others in this hurting world. You know, by sacrificing and stuff.
Now let's take it another step further. We might as well!
And maybe another step...
Soon we'll be figuring out whose lives are worthy to be spared, and who should die. I think anyone who loves someone with ANY disability from dyslexia to severe developmental disability ought to start getting good and mad right here. People do not equal spare parts. Ever. Under any circumstance. That's why I'm against abortion, too, by the way. How about a little human compassion for the voiceless?
Do not even THINK of asking me about donation until someone is dead. I mean really all the way dead. To me, "dead" does not equal "can't talk." Or "not awake." To me, "dead" means that you've tried everything reasonable to get that heart pumping and those lungs working and you can't. Such activity has stopped for at least five full minutes or so. I mean that there is NO WAY to bring this person 'round. At all. You know, really really REALLY dead. Really.
And if that means fewer people get a new heart or kidney, so be it. I would not want YOU to die so *I* can have a new heart, friend. When it's time for me to go, I'm gone. I'm scared to go, but that is my problem. I am sure I will encounter a loving and compassionate God who has already forgiven my sins and will wipe every tear. Today on Resurrection Sunday, I remember that He is Risen and has the power to keep me forever in his grasp.
May you all have a Happy Easter, and remember that Jesus lives and still forgives us. He still cares, even when it seems this world is a total mess. I know that's something I need to keep in mind when I read stories like this. Somehow, He is still in control. God bless you and keep you.