Anyways, I really don't understand why many aren't pledging their organs? Perhaps if you're a Zoroastrian, it might still make some sense, as the body becomes food to scavenger birds who need it for their survival. Otherwise, what is the point of letting the body become ashes or decomposed???
Here's the best part of organ donation. Its cool!!! Think of it - You become immortal!!! When your organs go to someone else after you're gone, you're not really gone, you continue to live. Isn't that cool??!!! And isn't that the best gift you could give your near and dear ones, who would miss you after you're gone, but are consoled to some extent to know that you're continuing to live in some form!!!! That's just amazing.
There are very very few countries that have organ donation system that's 'opt-out' type, meaning organs 'will' be harvested after death, unless you opt out saying you do not want to give. Almost all other countries have the 'opt-in' system where in your organs 'are not' harvested unless you pledge them!!!!!
It is necessary to carry the donor id card with you in your purse/wallet, because in the worst case scenario of meeting with a road accident, the hospital dealing with you, will know that you're an organ donor and in an unfortunate event of brain/cardiac death, the organs can be harvested immediately. No, the body is sutured properly and covered with dressing by skilled surgeons for funeral, so body doesn't look like a ghost! And no, don't worry, doctors will not be negligent about keeping you alive, just because you're an organ donor!
Instead of a card, a piece of jewelry (mostly a bracelet) would also do. Many medical id bracelets are around these days that help strangers and Samaritans to serve you better if necessity arises like allergy, alzheimer, pacemaker, dialysis notification etc. When I registered, the lovely people at Onecklace sent me this gorgeous bracelet which says I'm an organ donor. To denote the folded green ribbon symbol, I opted for a green stone.
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