by Domonique Burt
While the time to celebrate love and romance is fast approaching, so is a day that is dedicated to the people who give up a piece of themselves to help others. National Organ Donor Day, along with Valentine's Day, is also on February 14th this year.
Donors who are alive during the donation are able to give organs that are not an essential part of life. Obviously, giving any organ comes with changes in things like diet and lifestyle, but many people donate their organs anyway.
Other times, a person who is newly deceased can give their organs if they have previously signed to be an organ donor, or, in some cases, doctors may ask to have the next of kin sign organ donation consent forms. Either way, the people who donate their organs, deceased or alive, deserve to be recognized for their effort to save another life.
If you are interested in finding out more information on organ donation, the following sources are some good places to start:
Egendorf, Laura K. Organ Donation. Detroit : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013., 2013. HJF Library Catalog. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
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Issitt, Micah. "Organ Donation." Salem Press Encyclopedia Of Health (2015): Research Starters. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.
Truong Thi Thu, Ha, Rui Voo Ke, and Kiat Tan Chee. "Educating Secondary School Students About Organ And Tissue Donation Legislation: A Pilot Study." Health Science Journal 10.3 (2016): 1-10. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
Healey, Justin. Organ And Tissue Donation. Thirroul, N.S.W.: Spinney Press, 2011. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
Schicktanz, Silke, et al. Teaching Ethics In Organ Transplantation And Tissue Donation : Cases And Movies. [Akron, Ohio]: University of Akron Press, 2012. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
Marck, C H, et al. "Potential Donor Families' Experiences Of Organ And Tissue Donation-Related Communication, Processes And Outcome." Anaesthesia And Intensive Care 44.1 (2016): 99-106. MEDLINE. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.