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Monday, May 28, 2012

Had I known how to save a life

Organ Donation advertisment.

The most precious act of giving in the whole world by far is that of organ donation. In reality, are we ready and willing to be accordingly generous or need the hazard knock on our door in order to become more alert?

It's true that modern societies for many years were in a vague state somewhere between complete ignorance and deliberate misinformation about this issue, partly motivated by the flourish of organ trafficking and transplant tourism. It soon evolved into a big controversy, often even a taboo. While the myths around transplantation continuously emerge as threatening, the actual facts are shocking and the list of patients is perpetually elongated.

Even as media agents and social services encourage the public dimension of organ donation and emphasize on the offering of life, it seems that there is always a fatal shortage of organs. Brave cases of girls speak for themselves: Alannah Shevenell won the odds after six organ transplants, Helene Campbell’s crusade is representative of the struggle for survival and Ashley Logan at just 5 years old is already an admirable fighter. In early May, Facebook Founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced that U.S. and U.K. members can now register as organ donors through official links and hence update their Facebook status. His initiative was later criticised as too edgy or risky. I can't see how this is any different from getting information or signing up as an organ donor at booths in the middle of public squares and I don't understand why the social media aren't considered to be the appropriate platforms to speak up about such issues. We could at least give Zuckerberg some credit for passing the message on and for opening a public dialogue.

Several months ago, I received my donor card with the belief that not only had I performed something utterly altruistic (although I am siding with Joey about the selfishness within good deeds!), but what's more, I had fulfilled my inner will. I must say that a considerable period of what I would call pure negligence elapsed since my initial thought. Or maybe awareness of such critical matters has to grow on us before we can truly act. Even so, it's never too late to give and to save...

-Magda Repouskou
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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