One of my favourite parts of my day job is the fact that I have the opportunity to have meaningful conversations and learn from a wide variety of wonderful people. Today I would like to take the opportunity to share (in short and with his permission) the plight of a fine young man who describes how he ‘lost his youth’ among his father’s battle with liver cirrhosis.
This story began over a decade ago, when the young man’s father was diagnosed with this life threatening disease. The only cure was a long and complicated organ transplant that demanded the hard work and skill of only the finest surgeons, of whom there are not many. The lack of available donors meant his father lost his chance for a relatively normal life four times. He describes to me the struggle of having to journey across the country in search of life saving drugs that weren’t readily available at the time. An incident when he was laughed away by government employees who compared their need for tea to his father’s need for a liver has scarred him permanently. However, the biggest difficulty, he insists, was that his father’s life lay in the hands of the empathy and understanding of people like you and me.
In 2015, a mere 540 people pledged to donate their organs following their death. That is roughly the same number of people that are born in our vast nation every fifteen minutes. The lack of surgeons trained in these procedures and the exorbitant costs can all be traced back to the lack of willing donors. This is where you and I come in.
Somewhere between the hard work and magic of medical professionals and the apathy of the government employees he encountered in his search for a lifeline, he found the strength and determination to see this through.
Having said that, I would like to ask you, magnanimous reader, to find it in you to pledge to donate your organs when your time here is done. I am aware of the source of most people’s reservations concerning organ donation. But it is precisely at this junction following our deaths that our concepts and superstitions of the afterlife meet the opportunity to salvage another human being’s life.
This is as close to being a life saving, web slinging caped crusader as most of us will ever come. Most of us have a fair shot at life. Hey, when our turn is done, why not give that fair shot to someone else? After all, this is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
If we can make tremendous efforts to sell things on an online portal that we no longer want, it isn’t much of an ask to sign some documents to donate organs that we no longer need. I hope that we’ve managed to convince at least one of you. For your convenience, here are some wonderful websites where you can sign up to be a superhero: