It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I’ve written a lot of articles for senior citizens’ markets, so when I read about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s heart transplant, it piqued my interest. At 71 years old, Cheney is one of the lucky few older Americans to receive a life-saving organ donation. In a previous post, I wrote about how the United Network for Organ Sharing was considering putting an age limit on potential transplant recipients.
At the other end of the age spectrum, three-year-old Amelia Rivera was denied a transplant due to her mental retardation, her parents claim.
Then today, I saw this article on www.nj.com about a proposed rule that in order to be considered as a transplant recipient, you must be registered to donate your own organs (once you’re done with them, of course) or you will not be considered for a transplant.
Now, I’m all for organ donation, but some people aren’t. It’s still called “donation” and I think until you call it what it is under this proposal, involuntary organ harvesting, it’s going too far. It shouldn’t matter how old you are or whether you plan to donate your organs once you pass on; it should just be a matter of medical necessity. Eminent domain should not apply to our bodies.
Who knew there was an expiration date of the validity of a human being? Huh. Thanks for straightening that out for me, United Network for Organ Sharing. See, I thought every life had value, even if it was fraught with wrinkles, arthritis and varicose veins. But, according to an article in the Washington Post, if you’re wearing sensible shoes and eat dinner at 4:15, you need not apply for a life-saving organ transplant anymore. Glad we got that all figured out. Now we can all rest easy. Until we have the nerve to continue aging, get deathly ill and need an organ transplant. Then, Houston, we’ve got a problem.