Imagine that you were walking down the street and found a man stretched down on the sidewalk. He'd been there for 3 days with nothing to drink. He'd been in an accident and didn't have enough energy to talk nor move. He came to your attention and as you made eye contact with him, you noticed his dry lips. He desperately signaled to you for some water. This man was extremely dehydrated and all he needed to save his life, was a mere few drops of water. Would you go out of your way to save his life?
Did you know that upon your death, you could save the lives of up to 40 people 5. It's a revolutionary notion! How?
After we die, our body seizes to be useful to us. If left alone, the body begins to decay 4 minutes after death and can decompose down to the bone in as little as 10 to 20 days. However, even after death the body still possesses riches that can provide life. Our organs can be reused. What I am suggesting is an organ transplant.
Organs that can be transplanted include the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestine. Tissues include bones, tendons, cornea, heart valves, veins, arms, and skin. Worldwide, the kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organs.
The problem is that organs don't grow on trees. Let’s take liver disease for example.
The liver performs 100 different functions. One of the most important functions is to break down and modify toxic substances in the body and excrete them into bile or urea. Without this function, toxicity builds up and poisons the entire system. A short term remedy is a tri-weekly dialysis session to wash out the system. However, the only real solution is a liver transplant in order to perpetuate life.
Did you know that 40% of the world’s population are affected by liver disease. In the US 10% or 30 million people are inflicted a year. Liver disease is the 7th largest cause of death in the US 1 and 5th cause in the UK (Cardiovascular disease is #1 2). Liver disease kills more people than road accidents and diabetes combined 3. Furthermore, it is the only disease that is growing at a rate of 100% per year!
The interesting fact here, is that liver transplants are usually made from non-living donors. The amazing and unique properties of the liver endow the organ the title of being the only organ in the human body that can regenerate. As little as 25% of the liver can regenerate into a full liver within 8 years. Your liver could save 4 lives! And the funny thing is, you won't be needing it. What's even more phenomenal is that you can donate the liver (or any organ) on condition that when the recipient dies, he will also donate the liver to someone else. Your organs will live on forever and can even multiply and save lives.
How? If the original liver is split into 4 and used for transplants, you would be saving 4 lives (assuming no complications). With time, the quarter livers would regenerate into 4 whole livers. When the recipients die, they would pass on their 4 whole livers. Each would be split into 4, allowing for 16 new livers and 16 saved lives. Within 5 generations there would be 1,024 livers circulating saving 1,024 lives! This is all from one donor. If 100,000 people subscribed to this idea, within 5 generations, there would be 102 million livers available. Thus completely abolishing liver disease!!!
All you have to do is sign up with your local donor society. It will take a few minutes, but will save many lives.
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