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philb
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14 Feb 2018
08:16:00pm

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This stamp reminds me of my daughters and late son in laws situation.Charlie was on a resusitator for 6 days before he passed..the "kids" had no money but Charlie was an organ donor and my daughter never received a single bill from the hospital.Image Not Found

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Pogopossum
15 Feb 2018
05:15:19pm
re: Organ donors

I've been an organ donor since I was old enough to sign up through my driver's license. I still am, although I am not sure who would want what I have to offer now!

Another important opportunity - sign up for the Bone Marrow program. Until I had a bout of cancer I was on the list - called in a couple of times but didn't match. It truly saves a life

Geoff

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Pogopossum
15 Feb 2018
05:17:13pm
re: Organ donors

BTW, that is a typically grotesque French stamp. Surprise

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Opa
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17 Feb 2018
03:22:44am

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re: Organ donors

The Netherlands have just made a new law that makes everyone a donor that has reached the age of 18 unless they say otherwise. I believe there are a few countries that do this.

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Dialysis, damned if you do...dead if you don't
17 Feb 2018
06:25:34am
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As a person who is desperate for a kidney, I have looked into the issues surrounding organ donation. Without such an awesome gift I am resigned to being kept alive with a machine for the rest of my life. (Thank goodness I can work on stamp stuff on the laptop while hooked up!)

But anyone who signs up for organ donation should understand all the pros and cons. For example, The Dark Side of Organ Donation https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-dark-side-of-organ-donation/ article describes some of the downsides.

Once I looked deeper into organ donations here in the US I decided that I would refrain from bringing the subject up with any of my family or friends. I am not sure that I would accept a kidney from any living donor.

Donating an organ is incredibly selfless and compassionate, but folks should be fully educated in the process.
Don

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musicman
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17 Feb 2018
12:32:55pm
re: Organ donors

A good friend of mine received a kidney from his daughter;

it was a long process, but ultimately saved his life.

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22 Feb 2018
12:01:38am
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" ... I am not sure who would want what I have to offer now! ..."

I believe that I first signed some organ donor card was over fifty years ago after I finished my military hitch. It aways amused me that some of my body parts might go walking around pumping bloosd or braeathing air or seeing from someone elses eye sockets. Even at my age now, a fresh cadaver might help a budding Michael Debakey finish school and start saving lives. Or some of the better parts of skin could help a burn victim, a firefighter who entered a burning building to save a child, and lived to do it again. In fact, I am still hopeful my body can be of use. Both of my sons had major facial reconstruction before they finished the Air Force and the Navy enlistments, using parts of cadaver jaw bones and some other parts of someones facial bones.
And today they look ever more handsome and unscarred. I would love to be able to thank some one for the anonymous gift.
I kow some people may think it gross or humilating that they might be sectioned apart, but if you think about the benefits to someone in dire need it should become lass difficult.
Sometimes I fantasize that some crainial specialist discovers how to take a functioning brain and put all or part it in some young and otherwise healthy body , giviing me the chance to go back and do some things right, or at least better. and someday they may be able to remove a diseased brain or part of a brain. Maybe I should write a book.




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22 Feb 2018
09:58:18am
re: Organ donors

I used to be an organ donor until I had a bone marrow transplant. Since then I can no longer donate blood or be an organ donor. My plan is to donate my body to a medical research facility or medical school. Perhaps I'll be some med student's first dissection or a doctor can practice a new technique. Better than rotting underground or being turned into ash.

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Tom in Exton, PA
23 Feb 2018
06:21:01am

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re: Organ donors

Yes, I'm a potential donor. In Pennsylvania, it's right on your drivers license so no need for a separate card. I figure once I'm done, salvage anything useful!

There are conspiracy folks out there that will tell you if you are in an accident, and have a donor card, that the doctors will kill you to harvest the organs. Same folks that watch a lot of zombie movies!

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