(Closed) Hospital co-worker said something about being an "Organ Donor" that scared me…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The only thing that ever made me consider being an organ donor is what the next of kin has to go through afterwards… 

With my grandma my mother was on the phone for hours after she died (literally that night) telling them what medicines she was on, old procedures she had done, what they could and couldn’t take. For example, if they could harvest her skin, her eyes, etc… I understand it needs to be done, but that was really rough on her. 

Regardless, it’s saving a life(lives) and I am an organ donor. I’ve heard this theory for years and it’s simply just not true. They do everything than can to save a life. If not, they need to be reported to the medical board. 

Post # 32
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Newbee

 

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Stranger516:  I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are never in a position of needing the ultimate gift from someone. It does NOT happen as you’ve described, this myth has been getting around ever since organ donation was introduced and quite frankly it pees me off. You absolutely have the right to choose not to donate but please don’t believe the scary stories. 

And you should know that regardless of which box is ticked, the question will be asked of the next of kin anyway. Ticking the donor box just makes it a little easier for people as it is known to be your wish, but the next of kin can still refuse to go ahead with it.

Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

And the moon landing was fake, and Bush did 9/11.

This is a conspiracy theory, and a ridiculous one, and I judge people who believe it. There, I said it.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yeah, haven’t you heard? Doctors get paid a finder’s fee for every organ they can schmooze out of a dying person’s family. Fridays are really popular, what with all the dumb drunk people stumbling in and the docs of course want some extra cash for the weekend. 

Yeaaaaah NO! People really believe this crap?! I have a bridge to sell you! 

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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Stranger516:  that is complete BS. It’s disgraceful that people perpetuate ignorant, destructive myths while other people die waiting for transplants. This is infuriating as anti-vaxxers. Your co-worker is an idiot, and you need to apply some critical thinking skills before you accept and repeat every bit of nonsense someone tells you. 

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Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My dad told me this BS one day when he saw on my DL that I am a donor and I couldn’t believe that he said it. 

Why on earth would a doctor take a life for another life. It makes no sense. Doctors want to save all lives not just ones that need organs. and like PP stated, even if the doctor  knew or even wanted your organs they would still have to keep you alive in order to harvest them later. 

i really can’t believe anyone would believe this. 

Post # 37
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

This is a really old urban legend. Firstly, people don’t go through your wallet before they treat you. Secondly, this is against the law. If anyone was found to be doing this, they would lose their license to practise and it would be a huge scandal.

If your friend says she has first hand information that this is true where she is, I suggest that she collects evidence and goes to the police, lest she be arrested at a later date as an accessory.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

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Stranger516:  I have a good friend who is a nurse and she has said before that she has seen this happen. That’s why I’m not a donor. 

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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MrsSparkle10:  You aren’t an organ donor because of something a friend said they saw? 

Question: If everyone believed this tale, who would be left to donate organs? What would you do if you desperately needed an organ? 

Did your friend report what they saw, if they did indeed see it and correctly interpreted what was going on? 

How did your friend know that the patient was an organ donor? Did they search the patient’s wallet? Look up records before treating the patient, see that they’re a donor and go errrrrmmmm…nevermind, let’s go for coffee? 

What is in it for the staff involved? Do they get a cash bonus that makes breaking the law worth the risk? If money is the motivator, could they not just as easily pretended to try more interventions before giving up, to pad the hospital bill a little? 

Post # 40
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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MrsSparkle10:  I repeat… if your friend says she saw this, she needs to report it. If she doesn’t, and there is an investigation later on, she could be facing an investigation or even charges herself.

Personally, however, I’m not convinced. But we will see.

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I agree with several PPs in that I think this myth/rumor is complete crap. I’m not sure how or why it was started, but I’ve heard several people say that if you are an organ donor they will give up on you and not work as hard. When I first got my license I remember that my mother wouldn’t let me register as an organ donor due to this fear. I definitely think people should research more into what actually goes on for an organ to be donated before they start saying that a doctor would rather let you die for your organs than save you. It has the potential to be detrimental to those who would like to donate their organs but are not afraid to and those who are desperately waiting for organs. 

Post # 43
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I really dont see how this could be true. I mean, what do they do.. stop CPR or whatever and rifle through your wallet/purse to find your license and see if you’re an organ donor? I mean, really.

I was lifelined via helicopter, basically bleeding to death. I died 3 times in the helicopter and they kept bringing me back to life. So I would say this isn’t as true as what people think it is.

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I might just be totally out of the loop, but I have never once heard of this being a thing. Either way, I wouldn’t let some myth stop me. If I can save someone when I die, I would love to at least try. 

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Did you know that aliens built the pyramids?

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