The Price You Pay For Saving A Life: Organ Donors

Families of those in need of organs are likely to agree, that donors are in great demand. Nonetheless, many people do not understand what live organ donors actually experience  during the donation process. Physical healing after testing and procedures are huge factors in the donation process; however, many people do not take into consideration the amount of the mental healing a donor must go through as well.

Donation can be very traumatic not only on the donors physical health, but also on their mental health. An online survey found that nearly 30 percent of live organ donors suffer from depression following the procedure. This may increase the time of leave the donor may need away from work. This can be detrimental not only to the integrity of living donors, but also to their ability to adequately perform in the workplace.

Financial issues might also arise for donors. Those who give up their organs are not responsible to pay the costs of the medical procedure; however, they are required to schedule time off of work and this may result in some monetary loss and the loss of potential paid leave days. The recovery of organ donation can last anywhere from one to three months, most of which is unpaid leave. Any complications also come at the donors expense, mostly because it is very common that the recipients insurance will not cover any medical expenses aside from the procedure and recovery.

Some complications other than physical may include insurance companies refusing financial aid for donors as the question of whether or not the time in which the complication occurred is relevant to the time in which the procedure is done. In most cases, when recipients heal he or she may go back to work. Insurance is not affordable for everyone and many people drop their care coverage which also supports the donors medical expenses.

This negatively impacts those in need of organ transplants because many donors do not follow through with process after either experiencing the set backs of donation or potential donors backing out after reviewing surveys and articles on previous donation experiences.

With the increasing demand of live organ donors, a system regarding financial aid must be enacted not only to increase the amount of potential live organ donors, but also to keep the number of active donors steady. Furthermore, employers of those donating, should realize the dire need of live donors and what they stand for, so that systems within businesses are available to those employees whom give back, as living organ donors.


The original story can be found here,or on the official website of the Huffington Post 

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