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Each student will be responsible for writing a blog post during the semester (approximately 300500 words) that introduces the class to a global health issue from a reputable news outlet such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and others. You should include a link to the article you will be referring to for other students to easily find the article. There are several ways to approach your blog: consider the topic in relation to what we have already been discussing or reading; highlight aspects of the issue you think are really important, or you don’t understand or that dismays you; or begin by writing your own question (or several questions) and then attempt to answer it. Your blog post must be completed and uploaded on the Blackboard blog site by 11:59pm on your selected date.
You will see in the below an example of one of my classmate work.
In this weeks class, we talked about organ transplant. One of the cases we specifically talked about was one including an ex heroin abuser that was going to donate some of his organs after he overdosed. In the article that I found on New York Times, it was similar. It is about how many more organs are being donated in New England since they have started accepting organs from ex heroin users that have died from overdose. So far this year, 69 organs have been donated and have saved the lives of 202 people. Drug users are considered high risk because of the chance they have Hepatitis C or even possible HIV. Since organ donations have had a shortage recently, using the organs from deceased drug users have saved the lives of many. With extensive screening, the risk of actually transplanting and infected organ is very small. Officials say Hepatitis C can be treated, if not cured and HIV is now more manageable instead of a death sentence. Both of which are more preferable than death for these patients waiting for an organ. Patients can not only be treated, but will be properly informed of the risks they are taking by receiving an organ that is high risk. The patients that decline the organ will not lose their place on the list, but it could still potentially be a long time before they receive an organ that is not high risk. A patient named Rita Lottie was first skeptical of receiving an possibly infected organ, but since she was suffering from a terminal disease, she decided living five to ten more years with a possibly infected organ would be better than not living at all while waiting for a non-infected organ. Rita states in the article that she still to this day has not had any infections since the transplant and is even healthier than before she had the new liver. Another patient named David Sellers was told about the opportunity for a high risk organ and he opted out of it. He stated that he has been waiting for a kidney for a year when he was told of the opportunity. He declined because he says for the past year he has been fatigued but is not bad enough to get an organ that is possibly infected. He thinks it may put infections in his body that he did not have before.
So the question is, would you accept a possibly infected organ if that meant you had more years to live with your loved ones?
The answer for me is simple. As long as I am informed properly of the risks and I have a potential life preserver being thrown at me, I WILL take it. Like I stated earlier, HIV is manageable and is no longer a death sentence. Hepatitis C is now treatable and even possibly cured. The risks do not outweigh the rewards.
Another ethical question you may ask yourself is do you think everyone that is able sign up to be a donor? Regardless if they are drug abusers?
I believe that there is such a shortage of organs that no matter what race, what religion, what background, drug use or not, everyone should. I think that the number of lives saved by more organ donors would increase dramatically.
Each student will be responsible for writing a blog post during the semester (approximately 300500 words) that introduces the class to a global health issue from a reputable news outlet such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and others. You should include a link to the article you will be referring to for other students to easily find the article.