Should Children Get Organ Donations First?
According to published reports, the way the list is handled is being studied by the United Network for Organ Sharing.
The proposal, which is now available for public comment, is more specific than simply giving the youngest person on the list the donated organ. "Under one scenario, for 80 percent of kidneys, patients 15 years older or younger than the donor would get higher priority," the Washington Post reports. "The remaining 20 percent of organs -- those deemed to have the best chance of lasting the longest based on the age and health of the donor and other factors -- would be given to recipients with the best chances of living the longest based on criteria such as their age, how long they've been on dialysis and whether they have diabetes."
On the surface, this seems fair. A younger person has a better shot at living a longer life, right? But try telling that to someone who has been on the list for years and gets bumped just because someone is younger.
It's a complicated issue. But what do you think? Should children get organ donations first? Or should the system remain the way it is?
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.