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Answer for question 4324.

Are you a designated organ donor? Why or why not?
Yes, I am. I made sure to sign up the last time I renewed my driver’s license. I did this because, in the last three years, two of my friends died for lack of timely organ replacements. Oddly enough, both of them were named Tim.

Tim Sweeney was a music marketing guru and for a time my mentor. In 2009, he was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a disease of the bile ducts which causes them to swell shut, and the reduced flow of bile causes liver damage. He died just this past November. If there had been a replacement liver and some replacement bile ducts available, he would still be alive.

Tim Sallume was a much closer friend, someone I’d known for twenty years. In the mid 90’s, I officiated at his wedding. We were in many games together. He regularly attended Wild Oats concerts and, later, the Geeky Music Shows that Allison Lonsdale and I do. I wasn’t by any stretch his closest friend, nor he mine, but we had a lot of shared history. In 2012, he went into the hospital because his transplanted kidney was failing. There wasn’t a viable match right away, so he stayed in the hospital to wait for one to become available. While there, he developed a blood clot in his leg which dislodged and traveled to his brain, killing him. And if there’d been a kidney available, he would still be alive.

So, yeah, I’m an organ donor. Because there needs to be more of us.


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Apr. 23rd, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
I am an organ donor, and have been for many decades, now. Moreover, I may be writing a term paper for my philosophy class on whether we should have a different system for handling organ donations than we do now. (OTOH, I may change my mind and do one on physician-assisted suicide instead.) Both of those are topics I feel strongly about, but the trick is that I have to elaborate on the arguments for and against these topics, and look for ways to shore up the side I'm supporting. I can't really create a third position of my own—although that kind of is an option, provided I do the legwork I mentioned above, first.
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